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Virtual Beer & Carols 2020: Thursday 17th December, 8.00pm

The Virtual Beer & Carols Video will be broadcast on Thursday 17th December at 8.00pm. Click here to watch Beer & Carols on YouTube


A great big welcome to our 2020 ‘Virtual’ Beer & Carols.  We can’t celebrate together in person this year, but we can still have a lot of fun and raise some money for a very deserving cause at the same time.

You’ll have to provide your own drinks, but we are creating a Beer & Carols video with all of your favourite carols to sing along to, introduced by Rev’d Will Gibbs and accompanied by David Beaman on keyboard. 

​The carols have been recorded by St Mary’s own virtual choir and congregation, and there are even a few solos here and there – look out for some familiar faces!

The evening is an opportunity to support our St Mary’s Charity of the Year ‘Pumps for Mpwapwa‘. Most of our planned fundraising events for 2020 have not been able to go ahead, so please do give generously to this excellent project.

So, you could meet up with friends virtually on Zoom, share the screen with the video playing, belt out the carols and descants together, then donate to our chosen charity when you’re finished.

Or you could stand on your doorsteps and do Beer & Carols with your neighbours, watching as the broadcast begins on YouTube.

Or just curl up on the sofa or get the family around the computer and raise the roof of your living room.

​Have fun!

Christmas Preparation Photos: Can you help?

Preparations are underway for our online Advent Carol Service and Christmas services. But we need your help!

To accompany the beautiful carols and anthems sung by our virtual choir, we would love to feature lots of photographs and videos of people from around the village making their preparations for Christmas.

Do you have any photos or videos which you could share with us, for example:

  • Stirring your Christmas pudding
  • Putting up and decorating your Christmas tree
  • Your nativity set / crib
  • Wrapping presents
  • Switching on Christmas lights
  • Or any other Christmas preparations you could share with us?

Your photos or videos don’t necessarily have to be from this year, if you haven’t started getting ready just yet!

Please note that by submitting a photo or video you are giving permission for it to be used in a St Mary’s online service broadcast on YouTube, and excerpts may be shown on our website and social media too.

Please let us have your photos as soon as possible, (by 23rd November for use in the Advent Carol Service, and no later than 14th December for use in our Christmas services).

You can submit photos and videos by clicking here:

Thank you so much! These will make our online Christmas services so special and personal.

Redbourn Christmas Hamper Scheme

Providing for those facing hardship in Redbourn this Christmas

Our village community has united brilliantly to assist one another through these challenging Covid times. Christmas 2020 gives further opportunity to help individuals and families in Redbourn who are facing financial difficulties.

The Redbourn Christmas Hamper Scheme provides those facing hardship this year with a package of seasonal foods and treats for a special Christmas Day.

It aims to ‘lighten the load’ for those feeling the financial strain of providing a special Christmas dinner. 

How can I help?

We have received a grant from Redbourn Parish Council to kick-start this scheme, but we are relying on the generosity of those in the village who are able to help us to provide these hampers.

There are a number of ways to support this scheme:

  1. Make a donation

We are so grateful for any financial donations towards the scheme.

  • £10 will buy festive treats such as a Christmas pudding, chocolate log etc.
  • £25 will buy a turkey for a family in need
  • £80 will buy a full Christmas hamper for a household in the village facing a difficult Christmas

Make an online donation here

We prefer to receive online donations, but if you would like to donate by cash or cheque (made payable to St Mary’s Redbourn PCC) these can be delivered to the Redbourn Care Group office in the Village Hall between 10-2pm weekdays.

2. Buy a special Christmas card of Redbourn Common in the snow

Redbourn Hamper Scheme Christmas Card by Rosie Hodson

To raise funds for the hamper scheme, local artist Rosie Hodson has designed a card of children playing in the snow on Redbourn Common.

These limited-edition cards cost £5.00 each, though any donation is welcome.

Cards are available to collect from Redbourn Care Group office in the Village Hall between 10-2pm weekdays.

How can I request a hamper?

If you live in Redbourn, are facing hardship this Christmas and a hamper would make a difference to you, please do get in touch. We would love to help you out.

There are a number of ways to request a hamper. Please return request forms by Tuesday 1st December:

  1. Online Click here to complete our online form. This is completely confidential, and your details will only be seen by the hamper scheme committee.
  2. Print a form Click here to download a form to complete. You can then drop it off to the Redbourn Care Group office at the Village Hall, or to St Mary’s Church Office, clearly marked ‘Christmas Hamper’.
  3. Collect a printed form Forms can be collected from either:
    • Redbourn Care Group office at the Village Hall between 10am-2pm weekdays, or
    • The porch of St Mary’s Church

Questions and answers about the scheme

Is there really this level of need in Redbourn?

Yes. 2020 has been a hugely challenging year for many, and the effects of Coronavirus on jobs and finances as well as health and wellbeing have been far-reaching. Redbourn is no exception.

This scheme is aiming to help anyone who will find the extra expense of a Christmas meal and treats a struggle, and for whom the festive period looms as a difficult and stressful time.

A Christmas hamper is a gesture of goodwill. It will not solve anyone’s problems, but aims to lighten the load for anyone facing hardship this year.

Can I volunteer to help with the scheme?

Yes – please get in touch via the contact details below for more information.

Can I donate food instead of making a financial contribution?

We do not have the capacity to accept donations of food, sorry. If you wish to donate food, consider supporting the DENS Food Bank instead, leaving food in the labelled box inside the church, or at the Co-op.

Who is running the scheme?

The scheme is being hosted by St Mary’s Church, and co-ordinated by Deni Ennals, who has recently moved to the village from Sheffield where she ran a similar scheme in recent years.

The Christmas Hamper scheme is supported by:

  • Redbourn Parish Council
  • Churches Together in Redbourn
  • the Redbourn Charities
  • and the generosity of volunteers

If I apply for a hamper, who will find out?

Only the Hamper Scheme Committee of 4 people will see applications, and they will be treated in the very strictest confidence.

Hampers will be delivered discreetly. Let us know if there are special arrangements that will make this easier for you. Your address will be shared with the driver if you are having a hamper delivered, but no other personal details.

All personal details will be handled and stored in compliance with GDPR and deleted in early January.

What will be in the hampers?

The ‘hamper’ will be provided in bags or boxes. It will be a collection of foods for Christmas Day for the household, along with other festive treats.

If you have any other practical needs over the Christmas season, please do let us know and we will do our best to help or put you in touch with someone who can. We want to do our best to ensure that no child in Redbourn is missed by Santa.

Do I need to provide financial details to prove I am eligible for a hamper?

No, it would not be appropriate for us to attempt to check people’s personal circumstances.

What will happen if lockdown continues over Christmas Day?

The Covid situation is ever-changing, and the scheme will be run in line with Government guidance at the time.

On behalf of the Redbourn Christmas Hamper Committee, thank you so much for your support of this important project.

If you have any further questions about the scheme please do not hesitate to get in touch by e-mail to or by telephone on 07398 755 954.

Deni Ennals, Redbourn Hamper Scheme Co-Ordinator