A NEW Gospel Choir will launch at St. John's Church in Alresford next month.
The Gospel Collective, led by Tim Uffindell, will meet on Thursday evenings, every other week. The rehearsals will take place at St. John's Church on Thursday evenings, every other week.
It is hosting two special taster sessions on January 11 and 18th, starting at 6.30pm until 9.30pm. The plan is for people to meet, sing and share a meal and then sing some more.
This choir is open to everyone, regardless of your singing experience. So, whether you're a seasoned vocalist or someone who just enjoys singing in the shower, come on down and see if Gospel Collective is the perfect fit for you.
Gospel Collective started in Farnham in September and has already attracted more than 30 adults.
For more information, or to sign up for the January taster session, please email Tim at office@gospelcollective.co.uk.
THE next Alresford Antiques Fair will be on Saturday January 20 at the community centre on West Street from 9am to 4.30pm. Admission is free.
There will be around eight stalls offering a variety of items including furniture, silver, glass, jewellery and militaria. The vendors will also buy.
Other fairs at Alresford Community Centre in 2024 are all on Saturdays: February 17, April 20, Saturday May 18, June 15, August 17 and October 26.
TAKING part in a Christmas Reindeer Hunt will gain entry into a prize draw that promotes local shopping in Alresford.
The Chamber of Commerce has arranged the first Christmas Reindeer Hunt for the town.
It says it is slightly different from the Easter Egg Hunt and Ghost Hunt as this will cover two weeks over Christmas, running from December 23 to January 6.
Completed forms should be handed in to the Billy Goat Children's Shoe Shop. The prizes have been donated by the Co-op, on West Street.
ALRESFORD Town Council is looking for someone to fill a vacancy.
In a Facebook post the council said: “Local councillors are the champions of their community, investing time in local projects and issues to the benefit of residents and the neighbourhood, making decisions on local services and collaborating with district and borough councils.
“A town councillor can be involved in creating Neighbourhood Plans, establishing youth projects, managing playgrounds, allotments and open spaces, maintaining footpaths, public seating, and litter bins amongst much more.
“If you think that you may be interested in being a local councillor, please contact townclerk@newalresford-tc.gov.uk by January 16 for further details.”
A REMINDER for your 2024 diaries. The next Open Day for the Eel House in Alresford will be at Easter.
The Eel House over the River Alre dates from the 1820s and was built by the Harris family of nearby Arlebury Park.
There is only one other eel house on the English Heritage register of listed buildings.
Restoration started in 2006 and it was opened to the public in 2009.
Fundraisers are working to restore the interior and the Town Trust website says “visitors will be able to see what needs to be done together with a small exhibition on eels and the eel house. Entry is free but donations are appreciated”.
It will be restored to working use with eel traps now installed although any fish caught will be returned to the river and not sold. Work is being done on the sluices at a cost of £15,000.
ADVANCE warning for your diary for the chance to enjoy a unique church.
The church in the wood on Bramdean Common will hold its annual opening on May 12.
The corrugated iron church, built in the 1890s, holds services on the second and fourth Sundays of the month between May and September.
THE Alresford Patients Forum will be held next month. The event will be on Thursday January 18 at 6pm in the GP surgery waiting room. Further details to be confirmed but it will be a chance for patients to raise any issues.
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