Charity Celebrates Christmas With Residents at Annual Lantern Parade

St Mark's Church of England School perform
St Mark’s Church of England School sing carols

The Abbeyfield Kent Society, a charity that provides housing and care for older people across the county, celebrated Christmas with a seasonal church service and lantern parade on Thursday 3rd December.


The Society’s Lantern Parade takes place each December at the picturesque Friars in Aylesford and provides residents of Abbeyfield Kent homes with an opportunity to attend a seasonal service with their close friends, family, staff and contacts of the Society.


Each year, the festive celebration sees the community of Kent coming together to celebrate Christmas with a seasonal church service, followed by a candlelit parade around the scenic grounds as the sun sets.


After the collective parade, guests were invited to warm up and indulge in a mince pie and hot drink in the tearoom, whilst they socialised with other guests and chatted about the event.


Pupils from Aylesford’s St Mark’s Church of England School sung a range of seasonal carols throughout the service and one pupil presented a reading.


Leon Steer, Chief Executive at The Abbeyfield Kent Society said: “Aylesford Priory is a wonderful venue for a Christmas event and it provides a very special backdrop for our Lantern Parade.


“It is very important for the Society that our residents are able to enjoy a special Christmas service, and we do all we can to ensure they are afforded every opportunity. This year’s Lantern Parade really was special, everyone at the Society is already looking forward to next year.”


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