Towns and villages prepare to celebrate Christmas

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FESTIVE music, children’s activities and charity events can be enjoyed around the Advertiser and Review region as towns and villages prepare to celebrate Christmas.

In Brackley, town mayor Chris Blunden is inviting all local people to the annual Christmas carol service on the town piazza this Sunday, December 19, from 7pm.

Free soup will be served by the town councillors, and Father Christmas will appear after members of the public sing a rousing chorus of Jingle Bells.

The High Street and Market Place car park will be closed to all traffic from 6pm until the event finishes, and carol song sheets can be downloaded from the Brackley Town Council website.

For those wanting an alternative take on festive music, Tadd Newton’s Jazz Friends will play a Christmas special at the Walnut Tree Inn in Blisworth near Towcester from noon on Sunday.

Children can see Father Christmas in his grotto at the Old Gaol in Buckingham for the final time this year tomorrow, Saturday, between 11am and 2.30pm. Youngsters will each get a present for a fee of £3.

Gawcott Church will host games and craft activities for children this Thursday, December 23, running from 10am to noon.

Visitors should bring an old shirt or apron for messy art and craft activities including Christingle making, and games, stories and songs can be enjoyed. Contact organisers on 01280 813162 or 01280 813385 for details.

Great Horwood Silver Band will play carols outside the main Buckingham Tesco from 6pm tonight, Friday, and the band will also play around Great Horwood on Christmas Eve.

The Swan Inn in Great Horwood will also host one of its annual children’s Christmas party this Sunday, December 19. Contact organisers on 01296 712556 for bookings and details.

In Mursley, the Secklow Brass Band from Milton Keynes will perform an evening carol concert around the Christmas tree on the village green tonight, Friday.

And villagers are invited to wrap up warm and join the Maids Moreton carol singers as they tour the village this Wednesday, December 22.

The group will meet a brass band outside the village school in Avenue Road at 6.30pm.