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Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Tree of Light commemoration

The Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Tree of Light commemorations are open to anyone in our community who wishes to spend some time quietly remembering friends and family members who have died. The ceremonies are open to all, regardless of religion or spirituality, and it doesn’t matter whether your loved ones were cared for by Florence Nightingal Hospice or died at home or in hospital. “The Tree of Light events are designed to give people a space where a part of the season is set aside to commemorate loved ones,” says Ann Kenny, the new Bereavement Support Team Lead at the Hospice. “Christmas can often be a time of conflicting emotions, or it can be so busy that those who are grieving can’t find a time to process feelings of sadness which may come to the fore at this time of year.” There are a number of different ways to commemorate loved ones through the Hospice’s Tree of Light events. Sponsor a light in memory of them and write a dedication which will appear in the Books of Honour which can be viewed at the Hospice in December and early January, and at the two Tree of Light events. Or come along to one or both Tree of Light services which will take place at the Head Office of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity at Walton Lodge, Walton Street, Aylesbury, at 5pm on Sunday 2nd December and at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Buckingham at 4pm on Saturday 8th December. To sponsor a light in memory of someone, please call our Fundraising Team on 01296 429 975 to request a Tree of Light Form or find out more at

Festive Family Fun

Market Square and Friars Square Sunday 9 December 11am – 4pm The Festive season can be an expensive time - but NOT at this entirely free event. Bring the whole family for a day filled with entertainment, fun, games, crafts and activities - spread across 2 locations as there is so much going on...... Outside in Market Square you can - Pose for a picture in Cinderella’s Glass Carriage - Try the 5 different fun-fair rides - Eat hot roast chestnuts - Listen to the traditional barrel organ In Friars Square there is even more fun to be had, with a continuous programme of static and walkabout entertainment, alongside games, crafts and activities. - Ride the Rodeo Reindeer - Race your friends on the reindeer, roller-ball derby - Pose in the Christmas photo booth with pictures straight away - Gaze at the marvellous Simon Says Magic - Listen to the warm tones of Lashayah Byfield - Join in carols with the children from Broughton and Turnfurlong Junior Schools - Dancers from Susan Diane School of Dance Public Page show case their pantomime routines - Laugh at the Tap Dancing Turkeys and Cheeky Penguins - Face painting and glitter tattoos - Balloon modelling with The Party Poppers - Make and Take craft with Queens Park Arts Centre - The Sword in the Stone pantomime cast from the Queens Park Arts Centre will guide you round a treasure trail, as you try and win a family pass to this year's pantomime. - Help create a giant penguin sculpture - Try your hand at a range of games, including those especially for the under 5's All of this Festive Family Fun and entertainment really is entirely free, so come and join us for a fun day out.


St Mary’s Church, Church St, Aylesbury Sunday 9 December 6pm – 7pm Bring your family enjoy some relaxed festive singing together, in the warmth and comfort of St Mary's Church. This is an informal community carol singing evening, where you are invited to help fill the church to the rafters with traditional Christmas Carols in a very relaxed, warm, friendly atmosphere. Children from the Turnfurlong Junior School Choir along with Caduceus Brass Quintet and The Next Stage Choir will lead the carols, with Dez Kay compering the evenings singing. We will be serving tea, coffee and hot chocolate with a mince pie or two, courtesy of Tesco Aylesbury 2 Community and the Scouts, whilst raising funds for the Mayor’s charity, Carers Bucks. You and the children can wander round the church whilst enjoying the singing and the entire family can get into the festive spirit with a good old Christmas sing-a-long. Christmas jumpers and festive accessories are very much encouraged. Please note that this is predominately a standing event, with priority seating available for those in need.

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