Carols at the Oval celebrates 30th anniversary

L-R: Rod Manton (Sports Chaplain) with Charlie (Puppet), Emily Schinkel (Singer), Karen van Namen (Sports Chaplain), Sophie Giraudo (On Saxaphone from the Combined Districts Concert Band) and Pastor Ian Kirk (Organiser) with Dil (Puppet). Picture: Dabid Baylis.    www.communitypix.com.au    d496917
L-R: Rod Manton (Sports Chaplain) with Charlie (Puppet), Emily Schinkel (Singer), Karen van Namen (Sports Chaplain), Sophie Giraudo (On Saxaphone from the Combined Districts Concert Band) and Pastor Ian Kirk (Organiser) with Dil (Puppet). Picture: Dabid Baylis. www.communitypix.com.au d496917

THE Bassendean Church of Christ is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Carols at the Oval event on December 15.

The event started with the name Carols By Candlelight in 1990 at Success Hill Reserve before outgrowing the reserve and moving to Bassendean Oval in 2016.

This year’s main acts include Bassendean Primary School and Eden Hill Primary School choirs, soloist Emily Schinkel and puppeteers.

There will also be food trucks, ball games and activities.

Families are urged to bring a mat and a picnic and enjoy the carols on the lawns of the oval.

L-R: Rod Manton (Sports Chaplain) with Charlie (Puppet), Emily Schinkel (Singer), Karen van Namen (Sports Chaplain), Sophie Giraudo (On Saxaphone from the Combined Districts Concert Band) and Pastor Ian Kirk (Organiser) with Dil (Puppet). Picture: David Baylis

Pastor and puppeteer Ian Kirk said the church felt very blessed to work with the Town of Bassendean for the past 30 years.

“It is much more of a family carnival atmosphere,” he said.

“The Combined Districts Concert Band has been involved from the beginning.“We are really blessed to have them for all that time.

“We look forward to a balmy night.”

Mayor Renee McLennan said the annual event became an important part of many Bassendean families’ Christmas traditions.

“Thirty years ago, the church identified the opportunity that carols by candlelight presented to bring members of the community together at Christmas time,” she said.

“We are very appreciative of their ongoing efforts to deliver this event every year for the people of Bassendean to enjoy.

“We look forward to celebrating the 30th anniversary with them this December.”

THE ESSENTIALS
What: Carols at the Oval
When: December 15, gates open at 5pm
Where: Bassendean Oval

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