Civic Service at Staple Hill Methodist Church

Published on: 11 Jul 2013

Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Ian Boulton will be hosting a Civic Service at Staple Hill Methodist Church on Sunday 14 July.

The service begins at 3pm and will feature the Kingswood Ten Sing Youth Gospel Choir, the Yate Choral Society and the Sing Your Cares Away Carers’ Choir, as well as the Staple Hill Salvation Army band and South Gloucestershire Royal British Legion Standards. It will also feature theAvon and Somerset Constabulary ceremonial unit and will be co-hosted by Staple Hill’s Reverend Barry Bishop.

The service will be attended by Mayors and Chairs of local town and parish councils and dignitaries from surrounding authorities. The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, will be attending together with the Vice Lord Lieutenant. The Lord Mayor of Bristol and the Chairs of Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset will also be present, complete with their Chains of Office.

During the service the Staple Hill Salvation Army Band will perform the Gordon Jacob Fanfare followed by the National Anthem, and the Yate Choral Society will perform ‘I will sing with the spirit’ by John Rutter. The hymns ‘I vow to thee my country’ and ‘Jerusalem’ will be accompanied by the Salvation Army Band.

The collection taken at this service will be divided between Staple Hill Methodist Church and the Chairman’s chosen charities which are the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southmead Hospital and Bristol Aero Collection.

Following the service there will be a small reception where a choir made up of full time carers from across South Gloucestershire named Sing Your Cares Away will perform.

Cllr Ian Boulton said: “With three South Gloucestershire Choirs and the Salvation Army Band involved this will be a great occasion for us. The Kingswood Ten Sing Youth Gospel Choir are excellent and should energise everyone before the Avon and Somerset Police ceremonial unit in their Victorian Police uniforms escort the South Gloucestershire Royal British Legion Standards into the church.”

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