On Tuesday 10th December the Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Nazish Adil, hosted the Mayor’s Annual Carol Service. This year it was held in St Leonard’s Church in Seaford and was a ‘Celebration of Young People’.
The Service was led by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Rev’d Arwen Folkes. The Archway Youth Choir and Choirs from Seaford Primary, Annecy Catholic School, and Cradle Hill School also participated.
Invited dignitaries included the Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex Lt Col Tony Feek and his wife Fran; Freemen of the Town Mr Laurie Holland, and Mr Keith Blackburn, the Mayor of Lewes Mr John Lamb and his wife Gaynor; Cllr Jim Sheppard, Chair of East Sussex County Council; the Head teachers of local schools, the Sea Cadets and Seaford Town Council Councillors.
The Mayor’s consort for the evening was Florence Vaks, a pupil from Seaford Primary who won the Mayor’s Christmas card competition.
There was a magical atmosphere as the children were led into the Church by ‘candlelight’ singing ‘Silent Night’. Poems were read by Chloe Tkaczuk a Cradle Hill Pupil, the Young Mayor of Seaford James Jenkins; and readings by Julia Hancock of the Youth Counselling Project and Jane Reeves of the Archway Choir.
On display were all the entries in the Mayor’s Christmas Card competition including the winner, and runners up Amelie Gadsdon from Seaford Primary and Ethan Howson from Annecy School.
There was a retiring collection at the end of the service for the Mayor’s Charities, the Down Syndrome Development Trust and The Youth Counselling Project.
Quote from the Mayor, Cllr Nazish Adil:
“Thank you everyone for coming to our special Carol Service and making it a memorable evening. It was so lovely watching local primary school choirs perform ‘Silent Night’ holding tea light candles, walking to the main stage in a procession to join with the Archway Youth Choir.
The Service was well attended; The Church was full to capacity. It was amazing seeing the community singing carols and hymns together in one voice.
We all celebrated the spirit of Christmas and the festive season with the youth and children of Seaford.
Special Thanks to the school heads and choir teachers from Annecy Catholic, Cradle Hill and Seaford Primary School for participating in our town’s auspicious community event.
Huge thanks to Jane Reeves and her Archway Youth Choir for organising and leading the music.
I also thank my Chaplain, Rev’d Arwen Folkes for arranging the Order of Service and for selecting the most versatile and apt readings, poems and prayers; and Rev’d Paul Owen and everyone at St Leonard’s Church for their support.