Taking place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 in Soothill Hall Auditorium at Ashville College, the special Songs of Praise service of hymns, readings and musical elements will feature the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, the Ashville Singers, the Elmfield Singers and the Junior Choir.
In addition to bringing together the Ashville College community of students, parents, staff and alumni, the service will also be an occasion to celebrate the ministry of the College’s Chaplain, the Reverend Dr. David Barker, who is leaving Ashville at the end of the term. after 13 years. Members of the Nidd Valley Circuit of Methodist Churches were also invited.
Anna Wilby, Deputy Director: Co-Curricular, said: “After a three-year hiatus, we are delighted to be running our popular Songs of Praise service again, and it is great to welcome the Carlton Main Frickley back. Colliery Band.
“The Songs of Praise service is always a wonderful way to mark the last week of the spring term and set the stage for Easter. All the singers – students and teachers – are really looking forward to performing in public again, and in collaboration with one of the most famous coal bands in the country.
“And this year’s service will be particularly poignant, as it will be led for the last time by the Reverend David Barker, who has been a leading figure at Ashville College for over a decade, and colleague and friend to many.”
A retirement fundraiser will take place for those wishing to donate, to benefit the British Red Cross and its humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.
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