Doncaster NHS Christmas carol service

Decorations on a real Christmas tree.
Decorations on a real Christmas tree.

The festive season has arrived and what better way to celebrate and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas by singing carols in the magnificent setting of the Doncaster Minster.

The Doncaster health community carol service has become an NHS tradition in recent years. Staff of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber Trust and other health organisations, will come together with local people at the Doncaster NHS Community Carol Service on Tuesday 17 December.

Everyone is very welcome to attend this Service which will start at 5pm.

The Doncaster Concert Band will play seasonal music and the children from the Warren Nursery will be singing Christmas songs. There will also be prayers and readings from the Bible.

This year the newly formed NHS choir will be performing in public for the very first time. The choir is made up of NHS staff, from Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber Trust, who have spent many hours rehearsing since first getting together at the beginning of October.

Meg Burton, Head of Chaplaincy at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber Foundation Trust, who was responsible for forming the choir said: “I put out a call across the hospital trusts asking if any staff wanted to join an NHS staff choir and sing at the carol service. The response was fantastic. We have only had a couple of months to practise and the carol service on the 17 December will be our first ‘real’ performance. This is an exciting time for the whole choir and we hope that everyone will enjoy the carols.”

The Minster Church of St Georges is one of Doncaster’s most striking pieces of architecture. It was built in 1858 in high Victoria Gothic Revival style by George Gilbert Scott and replaces an earlier 12th century Norman Minster which was destroyed by fire in 1853.

The Minster is located on Church Street, Doncaster, DN1 1RD which is near to the A630 on Trafford Way. It is within easy reach of local car parks including Doncaster Market Place, St George’s and Friar Gate car parks.