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Carols in the Courtyard @ Bennetts Funeral Directors, Fern House, 120 High Street, Brentwood, Essex

Well how quick time flies, Christmas seems so long ago yet we are now only just updating our blog with our festive news!

The Dawn Chorus Choir led the vocals in style as a group of approximatley 60 guests, including the Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Ann Coe, joined in a selection Yule Tide classics .  The Bishop of Bradwell, the Rt Revd John Wraw, also attended to give a blessing.

It was all part of a Nativity afternoon, which raised £210.06 for The Alzheimer’s Society .  The Nativity party, all Bennetts Staff,  included Mary, Joseph, Wise Men, Shepherds and the star animals from the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, swept through the town centre waving buckets along the way before settling down for a carol sing-a-long at Bennetts headquarters.

Jane Bennett, who gave an immaculate performance as a shepherd, described the afternoon on Tuesday 11th December as a “tremendous success”.

“I was so grateful that people turned out in the bitter cold,” she said.  Everyone had a great time, and gave a rousing singing performance of carols.  We served Tea, Coffee, Mulled Wine and warm treats to keep the cold at bay which was welcomed by all.

“It really got Christmas off to a fantastic start and I’m pleased.  It was heartwarming to see so many children and young people donating to our charity when we were collecting in the High Street.

“I want to thank everyone so much for their help, time and generosity and for joining in.”