Let Us Be Merry! (December 2015)

Let us Be MerryThis highly popular production was at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 9th December 2015 in Sacred Hearts
Hall, Moorend Road, Charlton Kings.

From ticket sales we raised a record £622 towards future productions and local charities !  

Thanks to all who contributed and to our responsive audience!

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First half

Messages from Bethlehem

Written, directed and produced by Tony Jeans. Costumes by Sandra Jeans and the Cast. Music Direction by Keith Mead

Jewish independence ended in 63 BC with the coming of the Romans. In 37 BC, The Roman Senate recognised Herod the Great as “King of the Jews” but only as a “client” of Rome. Thus Jesus was born into a land under occupation.

In 2015, we have marked 70 years since the end of WWII  but the peace left many people “under occupation” and occupation is still a feature of the world today. Our re-telling of the Christmas Story will underline this experience by using a WWII setting.

Characters Cast
Arco, Centurion of the 14th Legion David Norfolk
Elizabeth, cousin to Mary of Nazareth Gill Garrett
Jonathan, the Scribe Derek Palmer
Miriam, the Inn Keeper Alison Veal
Hannah, the servant girl Debbie Dundas
Jethro, the shepherd boy Ollie Carter
Reuben, Hannah’s brother Gemma Veal
Marcus, Squaddie of the 14th Legion Darryl Drinkwater
and Narrator Sandra Jeans


Visuals assembled by Tony Jeans – Public Domain or Creative Commons License – creators acknowledged.

Hanukkah 2015 began on 6th December and celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BC after the success of the revolt led by Judas Maccabeus.

Messages from Bethlehem   Carols

The Angel Gabriel Singers
Once in royal David’s city Singers plus Audience v2
Little Donkey Singers
O come, O come, Immanuel Singers and Audience
O Little town of Bethlehem Singers
While Shepherds watched Singers and Audience
Away in a manger Singers
What Child is this? Singers plus Audience v 3

Second half

‘The Wednesdays’ Singing Group

  1.  Warm This Winter
  2. Carol Of The Bells/Sing We Now Of Christmas

‘From a treetop’ by Kathy Carter read by Jane Jones
‘If I were a Rich Man’ sung by Ollie Carter

 ‘Nativity Play’ by Joyce Grenfell read by Lynne Glover

‘Somethin’ Stupid’ sung by Ollie Carter & Abigail Towle

‘The Wednesdays’ Singing Group

  1.  Somewhere Only We Know 2.  Fairytale Of New York

‘The Reckoning’ (Punch 1907) read by David Norfolk

  ‘White Christmas’ sung by Ollie Carter
‘A Christmas Medley’ sung by Ollie Carter & Abigail Towle

Let Us Be Merry hand bell ringers


Audience carol – ’Sussex Carol’