This year, our Reader, Paul Christodoulou was charged to host the annual Carol Service at Thornton Hill Residential Home, and following the requests of the residents, the main body of the service was to be centred around Lancashire Sings Christmas, which is a service broadcast by BBC Radio Lancashire with around 40 event locations where the public could go to and join in. Paul arranged for Thornton Hill to be one of those locations. Many people from our parish, as well as the joining parishes in Barnoldswick were invited, as many of the residents came from the area and had connections with the churches in and around Thornton-in-Craven and Barnoldswick.
Despite one of the wettest evenings of the year, many people from St Mary’s, as well as the Vicar and members from our neighbouring parishes of Ghyll and Barnoldswick, turned up to join the residents and sing along to the broadcast. With many residents from the Dementia Unit joining in as well, the evening was a tremendous success and everyone had the chance to talk with the residents over a mince pie and a cup of mulled wine afterwards.
According to one nurse, some of the residents were still up after midnight talking about the service and how much they enjoyed it. This was one of their highlights of the year, and Paul was delighted in how many people came along and brought some Christmas Cheer and Christian Union to the Residential Home.