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Felixstowe: Waiting is over as Christmas charity concerts start

08:00 01 December 2012

Youngsters taking part in the recording sessions for the Waiting for Christmas project.

Youngsters taking part in the recording sessions for the Waiting for Christmas project.


SEVEN nights of shows will be staged from tomorrow at Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion as part of a massive charity project.


Waiting for Christmas has involved more than 3,000 children from across the county, and many will be taking part in the special performances, singing the songs they have recorded for a new CD.

The project – run by a team of Felixstowe-based Christians – is aiming to raise £50,000 for Christian aid agency Tearfund.

It is also strengthening links between churches and schools, telling the message of Christmas in a fun way, and also raising awareness of poverty and injustice.

The concerts at the Spa get under way tomorrow and run all week to the final night on Saturday, December 8, with different schools taking part each evening.

Money raised will go to projects in Africa, including planting trees, repairing bridges, forming village savings and loan clubs, cooperatives and farmers’ clubs, irrigation farming, ensuring everyone has livestock, and providing clean water for communities.

Co-ordinator Andrew Rayner, of Christ Church, Felixstowe, said: “Christmas time is one of our most indulgent times of the year and we want to look at how the majority of the world lives, that being nowhere near as well as we do and in very different circumstances, and how we can all help to change that.”

■ The concerts start at 7pm – tickets £10 adults and £7 children/concessions. Call the Spa box office on 01394 282126.

■ The CD is available to buy from a number of outlets, including Co-ops in Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Debenham, Framlingham, and Ipswich; and the St Nicholas Centre, Cutler Street, and Music World, Queen Street, Ipswich.

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  • I wonder if the deluded owners of the spa pavillion thinks this event will save their ramshackle and turn the fourtunes of cesspit Felixstowe around ?

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    the opinion man

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • 'the opinion man', you clearly didn't read the article very well, This is about 3000 school children raising money for charity and not about saving the Spa. These are great concerts and a fantastic opportunity for the kids to get involved in a production. It annoys me when people are quick to run Felixstowe down, calling it a 'cesspit' is just one example, and i suppose you live somewhere far nicer and safer, like Ipswich perhaps!!! This is a great town, yes it needs smartening up in places but this work is hopefully starting soon. Afterall, you've only to look at the seafront on a Sunday or the beach during the summer to realise how much the town has to offer people. As for the Spa, I hope they will find someone to take it over or the town will loose a valuable part of its history. I'd much rather the local government spent their (or is it our) money keeping this place open then taking 'ownership' of the prom lights (reported recently) ...that is all

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    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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