Gwen Harper - 15 November 2017
Happily ignoring all the fuss about Hobart’s Christmas Carols this year, Brighton Lions have been working very hard on our own Christmas Carols event, determined to make them bigger and better than ever!
Now in its fifth year, it is still a FREE event to the public, plus Brighton Lions will be giving away Family Activity Bags to the first 100 families. The 2017 program includes a;; the family-favourite Christmas Carols (Rudolph, Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, Little Drummer Boy, Hark!, Deck the Halls, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, We Three Kings etc) with the words included in the free program for those who may be a little rusty! The Choir from Brighton Primary School will be performing, as well as local musician and guitarist Bryce Tilyard, Hobart Baptist Church Singers and the Southern Districts band whose members include some local Brighton residents. The Dec 9th event will also feature two new MCs, a Giving Tree, fun Christmas-themed selfie frames, the Lions BBQ trailer, a raffle to raise money for mental health projects and of course Santa.
Ange Miezitis, the Principal of Brighton Primary, jumped on board when approached by Brighton Lions:
“It’s a local community event, and we thought it would be fantastic to be involved. We have a new, very enthusiastic music teacher, who thought this would be a great opportunity to showcase what Brighton Primary can do. He’s a very talented musician, and we are very lucky to have him as our music teacher”, said Ms Miezitis.
When asked about their favourite Christmas songs, the students only had two answers “All of them!” and “Jingle Bells!”. Mr MacLean, Brighton Primary’s music teacher, said
“The best part of my job is seeing children enjoying music, and there’s nothing quite like Christmas Carols for doing this. Carols are a great and fun tradition that all generations can enjoy and share together, and that’s part of what music is all about for me.”
Brighton Lions, who are big believers in mental health care, also recognises that Christmas isn’t always a happy time for everyone. Their free kids activity bags also include details of organisations who can help those finding Christmas a challenging time, plus will be hosting the Giving Tree during the Carols. They invite community-minded people to bring along an unwrapped gift which will then be distributed via City Mission.
Brighton’s Christmas Carols will be held on Pontville Oval starting at 7.30pm on December 9th. The Carols are part-funded with a grant from Brighton Council; are organised by Brighton Lions and the Hobart Baptist Church, and supported by a number of local services and businesses. A full list of supporters will be in the Carols Program, Lions would welcome any donation or items for the bags – get in touch via www.brightonlions.org.au or their Facebook page ‘Lions Club of Brighton Inc’.