Every year at Christmas, the atmospheric medieval Cloister at Worcester Cathedral is filled with Christmas Trees.
The dramatic display of lights, sparkle and wonder are designed and decorated by local schools, charities, businesses and organisations, including the University of Worcester. And whilst so many events have been cancelled, this yearly tradition it is still planned to go ahead.
Entry to see the Christmas Trees is free, however booking in advance with a timed ticket is essential. Book as early as possible, as this is a very popular event. Dates of the tree festival, along with booking and social distancing guidance can be found on the Worcester Cathedral webpages. During your visit, you can choose to make a donation to support the Cathedral’s work, which is always appreciated.
You will be able to see the University of Worcester tree decorated by the Student Wellbeing Champions in the theme of ‘Unity’:
“A rainbow is beautiful not because it has different colours. It is beautiful because those different colours shine together. They don’t go away from each other. They don’t boast of their supremacy. They don’t try to overwhelm each other. They complement each other to create beauty through the gloomy sky. That’s the power and magic of unity in diversity.”Jyoti Arora
The University’s Christmas Trees in St. John’s Campus Reception and in firstpoint will also be decorated in the same theme.
Join the UK’s largest Carol Service
Keeping with the theme of ‘Unity’, why not join the UK’s largest virtual carol concert which promises to be an uplifting, joyous start to the Christmas season.
The charity Shelter will hold the UK’s largest carol concert in support of families facing homelessness this Christmas on 3rd December at 7pm; it’s free to join although you do need to register. Enjoy the readings, reflection and sing along to the carols and, if you can, donate in support of the excellent work this charity is involved in.
The Service will include some celebrity faces including Julie Walters, Stephen Fry and Rob Rinder. You can register on the Shelter website.
Sing along with others online
It’s been recognised that singing can improve mood and feelings of happiness and wellbeing; it can also help you connect with people from around the world. Have you considered joining a virtual choir?
One example is The Sofa Singers, set up in response to the self-isolation we are experiencing this year. You can register for their weekly events for free-don’t worry about your singing skills as all are welcome! They’ll be arranging some Christmas singing sessions over the next few weeks too. If you are feeling confident, sessions end with an open floor slot where you can share a song, poem or story!
Find out more about the University Chaplaincy Service here.