Keep busy with the living advent calendar

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  • by Alan Vincent

The One World Centre has organised a ‘Living Advent Calendar’ around Peel offering something to do each day in December.

Based on the advent calendar concept, an event is happening each day, but instead of opening a window to get a chocolate treat, people can go along to that day’s activity.

The 24 day event kicked off on Sunday with a ‘Magical Christmas’ at the House of Manannan, including the Women’s Institute Choir.

Yesterday saw the festivities move to the Isle of Man Bank, on the corner of Atholl Street and Derby Road, with an appeal for people to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal.

One World Centre director, Rosemary Clarke, said: ‘The idea originated in Buckinghamshire village where I used to live and we tried it last year here.

‘We’re hoping more people will get the hang of it this year and we have stamps that can be collected at each venue.

‘You’ll see that all six churches are involved, but most of the venues are ordinary buildings.

‘There are a variety of activities, from carol singing to eating mince pies, to making Christmas tree decorations for one of the local homes for the elderly.’

Other events will include a Christmas Jamming Session at the Highwayman pub with people invited to bring their own instruments from 8.30pm.

The Catholic Church will be joining in on Sunday, December 8, with its second Sunday in Advent service at 9am, followed by coffee at 9.45am.

On Monday, December 9, Castle View Nursing Home invites people to come and sing carols at 2pm.

Davison’s Ice Cream parlour will offer a free mince pie with every hot drink on Tuesday, December 10.

On Wednesday, December 11, the Hospice Charity Shop is asking people to bring something for the charity to sell, and for them to buy a Christmas gift.

The Leece Museum in East Quay will be giving out free mince pies on Thursday, December 12.

The Sailor’s Shelter in East Quay will be dishing out sherry and mince pies on Friday, December 13, from 11am to 3pm.

Saturday, December 14, will see the library hold a ‘Borrow a book for Christmas’ event, which will also include a free mince pie.

On Tuesday, December 17, the QEII High School will be holding its Christmas Concert at 7pm.

The Centenary Centre will show a ‘Film for Christmas’ at 6.30pm on Wednesday, December 18.

On Saturday, December 21, there is ‘Born in the barn’, which is a re-enactment the nativity at Knockaloe Beg.

The Grace Baptist Church in Market Street will hold a carol service and free lunch on Sunday December 22, starting at 11am.

The police station is inviting people to bring a donation to support local people in need on Monday, December 23 and the festivities will end at the Cathedral with Christingle at 5.30pm and Midnight Christmas Eucharist at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve.

The full schedule of events can be viewed here https://www.facebook.com/PeelLivingAdventCalendar




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