It’s already looking a lot like Christmas in Earl’s Court, with the roads decked out with City Living, Local Life supported Christmas Lights and St. Cuthbert with St Matthias holding their Christmas Carol Service. We’re delighted to showcase these festive events with local resident Anne Green’s look back at the Carol Service and a video documenting the first Earl’s Court Christmas Light switch-on…
Community Christmas Carol Service, Saturday 12th December – Anne Green
What better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than by joining in a Community Christmas Carol Service and that is just what I did at the beautiful gothic church of St Cuthbert with St Matthias, nestled in the Victorian terraces of Philbeach Gardens, Earl’s Court, the way guided by hanging baskets from lamp posts adorned with twinkling lights in the crescent and everyone was welcomed at the door by Father Paul Bagott, the Vicar.
In between much loved carols such as O Come All Ye Faithful with the wonderful accompaniment of the Kensington Singers there were festive and biblical readings, old favourites such as White Christmas and performances by students, both past and present, of the Royal College of Music. Guests of Honour were the Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Councillor and Mrs Robert Freeman.
Mulled wine and mince pies were served afterwards, as well as tea and coffee, although it wasn’t needed to stave off the cold – this must be the first church I have been into where it was warm enough to take off your hat and coat in winter time.
Thanks Anne! And you can see how City Living, Local Life helped transform St. Cuthbert’s here.
Earl’s Court’s very first Christmas Lights
With the help of the Earl’s Court ward councillors and City Living, Local Life, Earl’s Court residents and businesses teamed up to illuminate the area. Check out the video created by residents below that’s bound to make even the biggest Scrooge feel a little festive!