With Christmas fast approaching, the local community will once again be joining together to celebrate, with young and old taking part in carol concerts, lighting candles in memory of loved ones, popping in to take a look at the crib, or attending the atmospheric Midnight Mass and other Christmas services at Wimborne Minster.

The local far-reaching community and visitors all pay a visit to the hub of the community – historic Wimborne Minster – at this time of the year.

Andrew Curtis, Chair of the Wimborne Minster Music Appeal Committee, said “As we approach the season of goodwill, most of us enjoy traditional festive music in the form of Christmas Carols, because they are very much part of precious time spent with friends, families and our colleagues. I would like to ask the community, individuals and businesses, to support us in celebrating the true spirit of Christmas by making a commitment to your Minster church.”

The Minster is supported by volunteers who ensure everything from the altar, flowers, crib and other aspects are in perfect order, and The Revd Canon Andrew Rowland and colleague clergy will also be busy welcoming and engaging with people, as well as extending the seasonal tradition of a warm welcome and hospitality for all.

Andrew Curtis explained: “We will be launching a very special appeal in 2020 and plans are well under way. The organ needs major overhaul and repair to enable it to continue to support and enhance the Anglican choral and musical traditions of the Minster, and this will provide the opportunity to establish a Music Foundation to support redevelopment of music in the Minster and to communicate its musical heritage to the congregation and the community, and to develop links with local schools.  

This is a particularly exciting development for the Minster in its 900th year, and the overall cost is currently estimated to be in the region of £1m. It is envisaged that work will start in autumn 2020 with completion in 2021. The appeal will be seeking the assistance of fundraising trusts and will be asking for the support of the town, past residents, schools and businesses as well as other neighbouring towns in rural Dorset. The Wimborne Minster Music Appeal aim is to keep the sound of music firmly in Wimborne Minster and at the heart of its vibrant community.”

There will be opportunities for everyone to get involved and combine community talents and fundraising expertise and experience.

Canon Andrew concluded: “Christmas would not be the same without the sound of music with which we are so familiar here in this historic Minster.”

To find out more visit www.minstermakesmusic.co.uk