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Carols by Candlelight invitation following Cumbrian floods

A special university Carols by Candelight service is being opened up to all in the aftermath of the Cumbrian floods.

The service will take place in the University of Cumbria’s Fusehill St Campus Chapel. All those who have been hit by flooding are welcome to attend.

The Revd Matthew Firth, University Chaplain, said: “The thinking is that we need to celebrate the light that can never be overcome by darkness right now.

“Bad things can bring people together in good ways and we have seen that played out in Carlisle over the last few days. The community spirit has been amazing and we want to recognise that together.”

The service will take on an alternative feel as the Chapel Choir is unable to get to the city from their Lancaster base. Instead a band has been formed to play the carols on the night.

And the event will see the Chaplaincy team and The Way pioneer church join with the Carlisle Campus Christian Union for joint worship.

Matthew added: “We are unsure just how many people will turn up. Normally we would have about a hundred here for the service. We could have fewer there this year because people are so busy trying to deal with practicalities following the floods or we could have more attend as people feel the need to come together as a community.”

For more visit the University of Cumbria’s Facebook page on Twitter @CumbriaUni using the hashtag #spiritofCumbria

The Carols by Candlelight service takes place at 5.30pm in the Fusehill St Campus Chapel tomorrow (Wednesday 9 December).


For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at

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