Shrewsbury Abbey to host caring Christmas celebration

Words and music designed to stir memories and look ahead to the festive season will feature in a special service at Shrewsbury Abbey created by and for the residents of Morris Care’s six care homes.

Around 250 invited residents, staff, family and friends are expected at the Victorian Christmas Carol Service on Tuesday 12 December. Some will dress in Dickensian themed costume to celebrate the spirit of the occasion.

The annual event combines traditional carols, favourite Christmas songs and poems, music from Shropshire Brass Quintet and seasonal refreshments. Children from Coleham Primary School will also play a special part in the service.

The readings and music have been chosen by the Homes. Waltraud Field, an 89-year-old resident at Corbrook Park Nursing Home in Audlem, will read her poem ‘Ancient Riddle’ which she has written for the occasion.

Morris Care Centre Home Manager Lydia Tyanase will reflect on Christmas where she grew up in South Africa, including words spoken in the country’s native language.

Service co-ordinator Sarah Compton, of Morris Care said: “This is our third carol service and everyone is looking forward to it. It really is a personal and memorable get-together which is made all the more special because residents get involved in the planning and play an active role in the service.”

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