The mayor of Reading, Councillor Paul Woodward, has invited the town to the annual civic carol service in Reading Minster on St Mary’s Butts on Thursday 12 December at 6.30pm.

The Reading A440 Choir will sing traditional carols at the service, which is free to enter. Sarah Sharp will direct pupils from St Mary and All Saints CE Primary School, South Lake Primary, All Saints Junior School and sixth-formers from The Bulmershe School in a selection of songs from the seasonal film favourite Love Actually.

Guest readers from the Reading Refugee Support Group, Reading Family Aid and the South Central Ambulance Charity will tell the story of the nativity.

Reverend Canon Stephen Pullin has invited people to join him for mulled wine, soft drinks (donated by Bills Restaurant) and mince pies after the service.

“The civic carol service is a much loved event in Reading’s Christmas calendar. It is a great opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the festive season,” said the mayor. “I hope to see the minster full of people enjoying the special service and joining in with some festive favourites.”

The Reading A440 Choir singing Christmas Carols at Westminster Hall in 2014. Video (c) Stephen Tyler via Youtube.

  1. Invitation to the Civic Carol Service 2019
  2. Magical Christmas in Reading
  3. Bills Restaurant
  4. St Mary and All Saints CE Primary School
  5. South Lake Primary
  6. All Saints Junior School
  7. The Bulmershe School
  8. Reading A440 Choir
  9. Reading Refugee Support Group
  10. Reading Family Aid
  11. South Central Ambulance Charity