Town’s Mayor and people unite on world famous iconic seaside pier to host a Christmas Carol celebration – to end a devastating COVID-19 year with an explosion of hope

In one of the most challenging years for generations, ROC WSM aims to bring a little hope and light to our communities with a state-of-the-art online service filmed on Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier in Somerset.

The 45-minute TV quality carol service features drone footage across the town, upbeat Christmas carols, poetry, and good news readings from Mayor Mark Canniford and more.

Carols will be broadcast on Tuesday 22nd December at 5.30 and 7.30 p.m. on our YouTube Channel at https://youtube.com/channel/UCAQJjgMk3YZbxeUJUxHOz5w Please subscribe so you don’t miss it!

ROC WSM was set up in February this year with the aim to bring a kinder and safer Weston and Worle.

With 180 representatives from business, police, NHS, all councils, schools, colleges, charities, community groups and churches, it aims to bring together all people of goodwill to do non-stop initiatives of hope and good news for the years to come.

Mayor Mark Canniford said: “ROC WSM has already done inspirational work on the ground in just a few months in Weston-super-Mare, and this is a fantastic way to end a gloomy year in many ways.

“They are bringing much-needed hope and help to residents, and this Christmas carols concert on the Grand Pier reminds us that we are all stronger together. Things will get better and there are people around who really care.”

ROC WSM has spent nine months bringing together groups and initiatives to help desperate people in need during COVID-19 and the lockdowns.

There were thousands of acts of kindness delivering shopping, collecting prescriptions and providing telephone support given to help those in need with ongoing initiatives such as tele mentoring.

ROC WSM leaders Dave and Penny Hynds, pictured below, said: “This Christmas Carol celebration will end the year with some much-needed good news and hope.

ROC WSM leaders Dave and Penny Hynds

“2020 has been a devastating year for so many, with COVID-19 causing massive disruption to peoples lives. We want everyone to know that there are people fighting for them and wanting to help make a safer and kinder community.”

ROC WSM has worked closely with the Violence Reduction Unit who have given  £16,000 to telementoring service for vulnerable young people and have already set up a £4000 scheme to help local people to set up initiatives to make communities safer.

In 2021 its plans include projects to address food poverty and waste and much more.

The Christmas carol service is welcomed and supported by the Grand Pier, North Somerset Council, Weston Town Council, local Churches and other community groups.

Michelle Michael, Director of the Grand Pier, said: “The Grand Pier fully supports this wonderful initiative. It’s really important that businesses back communities and we are thrilled to provide the Grand Pier as the backdrop for this musical celebration at this special time of year.”

A clip from the Christmas carols event

Rev Tom Yacomeni said: “Despite 2020 being such a hard year for so many people, it has also been a brilliant year in terms of the community pulling together and supporting one another. 

“Just as Christ was born into darkness and the tough circumstances of the first Christmas, we can have hope that despite our present difficulties, love and light will surely prevail.”

For more information on ROC Weston super Mare visit the Facebook page or email daveandpennyroc@gmail.com 

ROC forms partnerships between individuals, agencies, groups, charities and churches. Weston-super-Mare is the latest regional centre.

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