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  • Writer's pictureDan Heley

ROC Weston to bring hope with online carol service

ROC WSM was set up in February this year with the aim to create a kinder and safer Weston and Worle. With 180 representatives from business, police, NHS, all councils, schools, colleges, charities, community groups and churches, it aims to bring together all people with goodwill to do non-stop initiatives of hope and good news for the years to come.

To end a difficult COVID-19 year with a period of hope, ROC WSM aims to bring a little hope and light to the community with an online service filmed on Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier. The 45-minute carol service features drone footage across the town, upbeat Christmas carols, poetry, and good news readings from Mayor Mark Canniford and more.

Carols will be broadcast on Tuesday 22nd December at 5.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. on their YouTube Channel which can be found at

Mayor Mark Canniford said: “ROC WSM has already done inspirational work on the ground in just a few months in Weston-super-Mare, and this is a fantastic way to end a gloomy year in many ways. They are bringing much-needed hope and help to residents, and this Christmas carols concert on the Grand Pier reminds us that we are all stronger together. Things will get better and there are people around who really care.”

ROC WSM has spent nine months bringing together groups and initiatives to help desperate people in need during COVID-19 and the lockdowns. There were thousands of acts of kindness delivering shopping, collecting prescriptions and providing telephone support given to help those in need.

Filming on Weston Pier - Credit: ROC WSM

ROC WSM leaders Dave and Penny Hynds said: “This Christmas Carol celebration will end the year with some much-needed good news and hope, 2020 has been a devastating year for so many, with COVID-19 causing massive disruption to peoples lives. We want everyone to know that there are people fighting for them and wanting to help make a safer and kinder community.” The Christmas carol service is supported by the Grand Pier, North Somerset Council, Weston Town Council, local Churches and other community groups.

Michelle Michael, Director of the Grand Pier, said: “The Grand Pier fully supports this wonderful initiative. It’s really important that businesses back communities and we are thrilled to provide the Grand Pier as the backdrop for this musical celebration at this special time of year.”

Rev Tom Yacomeni said: “Despite 2020 being such a hard year for so many people, it has also been a brilliant year in terms of the community pulling together and supporting one another. Just as Christ was born into darkness and the tough circumstances of the first Christmas, we can have hope that despite our present difficulties, love and light will surely prevail."

For more information on ROC Weston super Mare visit the Facebook page or email



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