Adventure in the park

24th December 2018

The Advent season was well and truly in full swing when many local communities from Abbots Langley, Leavesden and Woodside joined together for the annual Christmas Carols in the Park event at the Leavesden Country Park on the evening of Wednesday 12 December.

The event, a joint venture between Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) and YMCA, was attended by over 400 people consisting mainly of local families.

Chris Lloyd, Lead Member for Leisure, said: “This was once again another amazing event. When so many of our local communities come out together, on a cold night and celebrate the Christmas story in such a joyful way.”

There was hearty singing of many of the traditional carols interspersed with some excellent choir pieces that were well received by those gathered. Mince pies, mulled wine, and hot chocolate were served throughout the evening to help keep the all the participants warm and the cold out which all added to the convivial atmosphere.

The singing was led by the Dacorum Community Choir, and a Christmas message was given by local minister the Rev. Erica Tuxworth.

An account of a young person was given, sharing how YMCA had helped him to get his life back on track after facing some rather daunting challenges.  He shared how grateful he was that an organisation, such as YMCA, was there to help him, and is now helping other young people facing similar challenges.

A voluntary collection was made to raise funds to support YMCA’s work amongst young people through their youth clubs, community projects and mentoring. A very generous amount, over £400, was raised.

Guy Foxell, YMCA Chief Executive, said: “The local community is at its best when joining together – and the carol singing was no exception. We are grateful for everyone’s support and look forward to many more such gatherings as we improve the YMCA site over the coming months, in partnership with the Council.”

“After the event, everyone was invited to take the opportunity to look around the new Leavesden HIVE, a heritage and wildlife centre. The building will facilitate the learning of all areas of the park from its vast social heritage, to nature and wildlife who call the park ‘home’ today.”