St Johns Church has nearly come to the end of its year of celebrations for the 150th Anniversary, and in the Church last Saturday evening the Messiah by Handel was performed brilliantly by what is called a scratch performance, which means choristers and musicians from all over the county come together to practice in the afternoon then in the evening to perform this magical, emotional work.

The choir numbered over 50 choristers and the orchestra was compiled of 16 musicians, with violins, violas, oboe, trumpet, drums and key board.

The lead violinist was Rebecca Whitehurst, the soloists were Sarah Benbow -Soprano; Miranda Morgan - Alto; Steven Richards-Downs - Tenor; and James Bartlett - Bass, all under the guidance of musical director, Melanie Walker.

For all who took part and especially for the audience it was a most expertly performed, memorable and moving experience .

There was no charge at St Johns for this amazing concert, just donations and over £350 was raised for the charity Ty Hafan.

As well as the Nativity service performed by the children plus some adults this Sunday morning at 11 am, and the Carol Service next Sunday (December 23) with the Christingle service at 4 pm on Christmas Eve, and the Christmas Day worship at 10 am, the other big event for the end of this year is the Christmas Tree Festival, which is now open daily from 10.30 am until 4 pm except Sundays. until December 24.

At Festival of Christmas trees you will find numerous nativity scenes and Christmas Trees decorated by many local organisations and charities.

This display is always a magical sight to behold which fascinates the young and the old alike.

All at St Johns warmly welcome all and wish everyone a very happy and Blessed Christmas, remembering the reason for the season, to welcome Jesus Christ into our lives. And blessings, hope and love for your healthy new year.