Yenda carols to bring out festive spirit on Sunday, December 1

BRING JOY TO THE WORLD: Raise your voices and sing a song of Christmas at the Yenda Rotary Carols by Candlelight this Sunday.
BRING JOY TO THE WORLD: Raise your voices and sing a song of Christmas at the Yenda Rotary Carols by Candlelight this Sunday.

Oh come, all ye faithful and get in the festive mood with a night of community carols.

The 27th annual Yenda Rotary Carols by Candlelight will be held on Sunday, December 1 in the centre of town at Yenda Memorial Park.

Organising committee chairman Ross Blake urged as many people as possible to come along and raise their voices in the joy of the coming Christmas season.

The evening will commence with a barbecue courtesy of the Rotary Club of Yenda.

The carols and musical performances will start at 6.30pm.

"The Rotary barbecue will be going at 5.30pm with steaks and sausages, and there'll be hot chips and soft drinks," Mr Blake said.

"There'll be a coffee machine and there'll be ice cream."

Mandy Page will MC the evening and it will commence with a welcome by Yenda Rotary president Peter Raccanello and prayer led by the Reverend Sue Chilvers.

There will be a full program of uplifting, festive carols and other Christmas-themed performances, while Santa will drop in before dark.

Opening the evening will be performances by Yenda Preschool, Yenda Public School and Yoogali Public School, followed by a range of performers of all ages from across the community, as well as songs by the Sing Australia Griffith group.

Community carols will be interspersed amongst the performers.

All Mr Blake needs now is a fine forecast to ensure the event goes off without a hitch.

"I think it is only going to rain a couple of millimetres and that's on Saturday," he said.

"It will be good on Sunday.

"We'll be looking for a good crowd; it should be a good night.

"We want good numbers. Last year we got 750 to 800 there. We've got a good set up and it is in a good setting."

The event will wrap up around 10.30pm owing to the number of children in attendance, both as performers and in the audience.

Entry to the event is free, with a small cost for a candle and program.

All money raised is returned into the event and the wider community, with Rotary covering any costs.

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