Carols at The Vines
Don't be a Scrooge - celebrate Christmas with The Vines of Rochester and KPMVC!
The Vines of Rochester is bringing its very own Christmas cheer to the town by opening its doors for a special charity event.
The restaurant and wedding venue will play host to the Kent Police Male Voice Choir and other live music during the popular Dickensian Weekend.
With food and drink - and activities for the children - and all money going to Parkinson's UK, it's not to be missed.
The venue has temporarily closed as a restaurant due to national staff shortages - although has remained open for weddings.
Now, it will open its gates and doors to the public for the first time as it gets into the Christmas spirit.
A live band will play in front of the venue on Saturday, 4 December, with the fabulous Kent Police Male Voice Choir on Sunday, 5 December, belting out some Christmas classics and much more.
While music lovers listen to some amazing singing and music, the talented chefs will be cooking up a treat – with Hog Roast Rolls and Roast Butternut Squash Soup on the menu.
The Norwegian-style tee-pee – usually reserved for weddings – will be transformed for the children in the rear garden – with plenty of activities to keep them occupied.
And there will of course be soft drinks – or something a bit stronger – to help all the venue's friends, families and local residents get truly into the Christmas spirit!
Gates will be open from 11am until 5pm, both days, with music taking place at 11am, 12.30pm and 1.45pm (45-minute sets), so as not to clash with some of the main events and parades scheduled for the High Street and Castle Grounds on this fun, festive weekend.
Owner Rebecca Collins said: "Please take this opportunity to come and say ‘Hello!’, enjoy some great food and music and help us raise some money for a very special cause this Christmas. It's free entry, but any money collected through food, drink, or collections, will go to Parkinson's UK.
"We hope to see you all there to help us celebrate our favourite time of year!!"
The Vines of Rochester, formerly the Old Archdeaconry, is found in the historic precinct of Rochester next to The Vines park. Go to www.thevinesofrochester.com for more information.
Christmas Carol Concert Sunday 12th December 2021
On Sunday 12th December 2021 the choir will be performing a Christmas Carol Concert at St Peter & St Paul's Church, Borden near Sittingbourne. This will be our first official concert since the beginning of 2020 prior to the Covid lockdown. Please start your Christmas countdown and join us for a fun packed evening with songs from the shows, Carols and some surprises.
Deaths of Former Choir Members
The Choir are sad to announce the deaths of two former choir members & colleagues
Colin Horton Died 28th October 2021
Colin was a former Chief Superintendent in the Kent Police. He joined the force in July 1967 serving at various police areas in Kent during his career, finally serving with the Home Office Inspectorate before his retirement in 1998.
Colin joined the choir as a founder member in 1978 and was our first Secretary. He was instrumental in designing our first logo which you can see on the right. Colin left the choir after several years of being a member and following retirement went to live in Lincoln.
The funeral service will take place at 11:10 on Monday 29 November 2021 at Lincoln Crematorium Washingbourne Rd, Lincoln LN4 1EF. Details of a live-stream of the service can be obtained from R. Arnold Funeral Service, Lincoln Tel: 01526 341707
Colin leaves a wife, Gilda and our thoughts are with her and her family at this time.
Malcolm Underdown Died 6th November 2021
Malcolm was a former Chief Inspector with the force serving at Margate in CID, Training School as an Instructor, Complaints and Discipline as an Investigator and Gravesend as a Chief Inspector. He also performed duty in the West Indies as a Training Specialist and was a Safety Advisor for the Kent Police Service. Following his retirement Malcolm was appointed a Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator by the Holy Cross Church in the village of Bearsted.
Malcolm was a loyal member of our choir for many years and an active member of our committee. He was Duty Driver and Discipline Officer and was instrumental in the design and purchase of the current choir uniform.
The funeral service will take place at Holy Cross Church, Bearsted on Friday 26th November 2021 at 1.30pm.
Our thoughts are with his widow Christine and his family at this time.
Our Nominated Charity for 2019/21
Every year in Kent over 10,000 people are newly diagnosed with cancer. The emotional and psychological impacts on patients, their families and friends can be devastating. At this early stage, lack of knowledge of the range of treatments provided, the possible outcomes and the extent of available support can be daunting and lead to feelings of hopelessness.
Macmillan Cancer Support is a UK-wide charity committed to offering cancer patients and their families emotional, clinical and other forms of support and advice at every stage, before, during and after treatment. By giving them knowledge and understanding of their specific situation, treatment options and ongoing progress, patients may make informed decisions about their treatment options, potential for recovery and future impact on lifestyle.
Macmillan Community Nurses are familiar figures in most areas, attending patients in their homes offering clinical and emotional support during and after treatment. But there is so much more besides. Macmillan information leaflets covering every aspect of cancer and its effects are available in every hospital and almost every GP surgery. A 24/7 telephone helpline is staffed by trained volunteers. A fund has been established to offer financial support to those in dire need as a result of their cancer.Less well known is Macmillan’s programme of identifying existing Health Service Professionals to be trained for specialism in cancer-related posts; Clinical Nurse Specialists, Radiographers, Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Nutritionists, End-of-Life Counsellors, in many cases funding their specialist training and on-going support, so that in almost every NHS hospital there are to be found staff in all such disciplines, proudly wearing the green Macmillan badge. Beyond the hospital there are Macmillan-trained doctors visiting GP surgeries to train and advise practitioners on the identification and management of cancer cases.
The charity is almost entirely dependent on charitable donations to allow it to fulfil its stated commitment in one of their slogans:
“Whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you.”