Christmas starts at Kings Hill
Preparations for the Christmas festivities at Kings Hill are well underway with a community carol service, Christmas tree light switch-on, fair, charitable gift collection and much more.
Celebrations will start on Saturday 10 December at 5pm with the first ever carols around the Christmas tree, next to the Control Tower in Liberty Square, when children from the three schools will each perform a song and then join together as a choir to sing a carol to close the event. The service will be conducted by Rev Mark Montgomery, Leader of St Gabriel’s Church of England Church, Kings Hill and Matt Ross, Minister for the Kings Hill Christian Fellowship.
Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat, the Mayor of Tonbridge and other distinguished guests will be attending and people will be able to vote in advance for the carols they would like to sing on www.kingshillchurch.org.uk.
Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust has provided a 22-foot Christmas tree, which will be adorned with 150 stars decorated by children from the primary schools and Kings Hill Pre School. The lights will be switched on at the beginning of the carol service by the Mayor of Tonbridge, Tom Tugendhat MP and Venerable Clive Mansell, the Archdeacon of Tonbridge.
Children are being encouraged to make and bring along their own lanterns (details on www.kingshillchurch.org.uk). The community is being asked if they could donate new single fitted sheets, pillow-cases and duvet covers, suitable for both men and women, for the Pilsdon Community in West Malling which offers refuge to people in crisis and hospitality to the homeless.
They are also being asked to provide new toys, suitable for children of all ages, for the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal. All donations should be new and left in original packaging but unwrapped.
The Spitfire pub will be serving mulled wine and mince pies afterwards.
The following day, Sunday 11 December, the parish council is organising the Kings Hill Christmas Fair, which is being held in the Community Centre between 2pm and 6pm. There will be a funfair, carols, children’s activities, food market, warming drinks – including mulled wine and Bailey’s hot chocolate – indoor shopping fair and much more.
“Kings Hill is an inclusive, friendly community and a number of us have come together to plan a programme of traditional Christmas events as well as some more unusual activities,” said Mark. “There should be something for everyone to enjoy and take part in and we hope as many people as possible will come along and help us celebrate.”
Other events include a Christingle Service on Sunday 18 December at 4pm in the Community Centre and a Scratch Nativity Service, with Christmas crafts suitable for all the family, at the Discovery School on Christmas Eve at 4pm.
For more information, and details of Christmas services, visit www.kingshillchurch.org.uk.