Carols raise over £800 for Grove House

Singers from St Albans Choral Society raised a record of £840.69 from generous commuters in aid of Grove House during more than two hours of festive carolling at the City station on 19 December.

The singers formed two four-part choirs at each station exit and entertained homecoming workers in the wind and rain with a selection of well-known carols including Ding Dong Merrily on High and Away in a Manger. 

“The singing was wonderful and we’re so grateful,” said Nicola Mackinnon, Community Engagement Officer for Grove House. Over the past six years, the Society has collected around £3,500 for Grove House with its station carols each Christmas.

The Choral Society also took the Christmas cheer to Verulam House nursing home and Cotsmoor retirement estate, where residents were invited to request carols and join in the singing. Richard Harvey, the Society’s accompanist, played the keyboard and conducted, while George Vass, music director, and bass singer Ken Young conducted the two choirs at the station. The two venues served mince pies to round off the events.

“It was a very successful evening all round,” said Rod Cowper, the Society’s chair. “We raised a fantastic amount for Grove House and the residents at Cotsmoor and Verulam House really enjoyed our visits. We’re looking forward to doing even more next Christmas.”