News In Brief: Messy Christmas to one and all

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CHILDREN and their families are invited to attend the Messy Christmas gathering on Tuesday, December 20, at St Nicholas Church Hall in Bawtry.

The festive meeting from 4pm to 6pm will include seasonal crafts, activities and a 15-minute service the in the nearby church, followed by a cooked tea together.

Roof boost: The Christmas hamper won by Margaret Lee in a raffle for All Saints’ Church, Misterton, raised £777 for the fund to repair the stolen lead roofing. District councillor Hazel Brand has also presented £250 of her annual allowance to the same cause.

Community event: Doncaster NHS staff are hoping for a big turn-out at Doncaster Minster on Monday when the host their first community carol service, starting at 4.30pm, with everyone welcome as well as staff and patients.

Party time: Members of the Active at 60 project run by Doncaster Central Learning Centre at Elgin House in Bennetthorpe gather at 10am on Tuesday for their last drop-in session of the year which is also their Christmas party.

Carols for all: The group of amateur musicians and singers who meet on Tuesday evenings in the Scarbrough Arms, Tickhill, have invited locals to a special night on Tuesday, December 20, when they sing Christmas carols in the Sunderland Street pub from 8.30pm.

Get out clause: Doncaster Campaign for Real Ale members are planning to stay away from the shops by enjoying a Christmas Shoppers’ Special night next Thursday when they meet in The Plough on West Laith Gate at 7.30pm before moving on the The Railway and the Corner Pin.

Take your tissues: Doncaster Little Theatre is showing the classic Christmas movie It’s A Wonderful Life starring James Stewart at 2pm on Tuesday as part of their Silver Screen season. Tickets are £5 and include tea or coffee.

Mayor pops in: Civic Mayor Eva Hughes was due at Cusworth Hall this morning (Sunday, December 18, 2011) to officially open their Christmas Festival, which is open all day and includes live reindeer.