The Beeston Methodist Carol Choir will be singing again this year, raising money for a local charity called the Beeston Methodist Benevolent Society, which helps the local poor and needy.
Although some gifts are still made to individuals, most of the money is donated to established local charities such as the Hope Kitchen and Broxtowe Women’s Refuge.
The choir was formed during the 1870s by Beeston Methodists, then worshipping in premises on Chapel Street.
Then, as now, the money raised went to the work of the Benevolent Society and in the early years up to 1914, singing took place outside the homes of the chapel’s own members.
Singing would start on Christmas Eve and last throughout Christmas night until breakfast.
At first, the choir was made up of men only and the carols were arranged into three parts – treble, tenor and bass.
However, during the First World War, many members were called up to the forces and ladies were invited to join the choir.
Since then, the music has developed into the form we know today with four parts and mixed voices.
As well as the old West Gallery-style carols, many of the more familiar traditional carols are also sung now.
The choir still goes out every year on Christmas Eve, but singing now finishes around 10pm.
Since the late 1950s it has therefore been necessary to sing on one or two other evenings before Christmas in order to cover the large area.
This year you can listen out for the choir on…
Tuesday 18th December
Bramcote Drive, Fellows Road, Sidney Road, Hope Street area
Thursday 20th December
Elm Avenue, Devonshire Avenue, Cromwell Road, Imperial Road area
Christmas Eve 24th December
Charnwood Avenue, Cumberland Avenue, Park Road, Grove Avenue area
If you’re not lucky enough to be on one of the above routes, you can hear – and join in with – all the carols in a convivial atmosphere at The Crown Inn, Beeston on Wednesday 12th December from 8:45pm.