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Rendcomb College' Annual Carol Service goes Online

Pupils from Rendcomb College have taken part in a virtual Carol Service this year, helping to raise money for The British Heart Foundation

Thirty-two students from year 7 to 13 performed a festive programme of music which has been recorded and made available for people to watch on YouTube.

Normally, the college hold their annual evening of song at the Cirencester Parish Church.

However, with many Christmas traditions unable to go ahead, the college decided to take the event online.

Chris Elliot-Jones, Head of Marketing & Communications at Rendcomb College, said: “Our annual carol service is a much-loved part of the school year.

"The church is always full, and the students really enjoy giving the performance.

"There’s always a wonderful atmosphere and for many of us at the college, it marks the start of the Christmas holiday season.

“Sadly, this year, due to the coronavirus restrictions we are unable to hold the service, but we wanted to do something that would capture the same spirit as the concert. Taking it online was the obvious answer.

“It’s been a very difficult year for everyone. Hopefully, by making this performance available for people to enjoy we can bring a little joy and happiness into people’s lives.”

A recording on the carol service can be viewed online at:

The programme includes popular carols such as Once In Royal David’s City and O Come all ye Faithful along with readings from the bible.

Ordinarily, a collection to support a charity is usually taken at the carol service.

This year, Rendcomb College are supporting the BHF and are asking people to support the charity by making a donation via a virtual collection tin.

Chris Elliot-Jones said: “Christmas is a time when our thoughts naturally turn towards our friends and family, and most of us will know someone who has been affected by a heart condition.

"That’s why it is especially pleasing to be able to help the BHF at this time of year so they can continue their crucial work.”

Sarah Standing, fundraising manager for the BHF, said: “With so many fundraising events cancelled, we have all had to become more creative in how we raise money.

“We are so grateful of the efforts that pupils and staff at Rendcomb College have made to produce this carol service.

"It’s a lovely idea that gives people in the area the opportunity to take part in a festive tradition and feel connected to their community.

“There has never been a more important time for people to support the BHF’s work.

"Due to the impact of Covid-19, our ability to fund new research into heart and circulatory diseases has been cut in half.

"Slowing down our research means that new treatments and cures will be delayed, which is why we need everyone’s support.”

People can support Rendcomb College’s fundraising and make a donation to the BHF online at