Community Carols by Candlelight

Tuesday 22 December 2020 at 4.30 pm

It’s official – the government is allowing community carol singing this Christmas! Come and take part in socially-distanced carol singing for around 30 minutes in the Bewcastle churchyard.

This is not so much a service – no readings, no address – just everyone singing.

If you would like to attend, and to assist in track and trace, please telephone Allison Roberts on 016977 48311 or email to book your place.

We will follow the government requirements on social distancing as well as track and trace and this is how it will work.

There will be a marshal on duty to manage car parking. Please allow a little extra time to enable us to start at 4.30 pm.

You will be asked on arrival to declare if you or your passengers have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, or have been in recent contact with others who have COVID-19. Anyone not pre-registered will be asked to provide contact details for track and trace.

Then you can walk into the churchyard to stand by a candle on the ground that will mark a socially-distanced safe place around the Bewcastle Cross.

The singing will be led by musicians and singers; we will have printed sheets with the words of the seven carols.

There won’t be a formal collection but anyone wishing to make a donation may give it to one of the stewards on duty.

As it will be dark everyone needs to bring a torch. You can choose to wear a mask if you want to. Wrap up warm and bring an umbrella to keep dry but if it’s stormy we won’t go ahead.

The mental well-being benefits of community singing are well documented and since the start of the pandemic we have all had to work at keeping our spirits up, and oh boy, do we need a touch of normality and togetherness. What a great way to get Christmas off to a flying start – come and join in!

Bookings to Allison by telephone 016977 48311 or email


Bewcastle in North Cumbria is an isolated village steeped in Roman and Border history. The church, farm, and castle occupy the site of a Roman out post fort which guarded the Maiden Way, the main Roman road north from Birdoswald on Hadrian’s Wall some 10km (6 miles) to the south.

The fort was dedicated to a local deity, Cocidius, and is unusual in having six sides, rather than the more usual rectangle or square. The fort was probably built around 122AD and occupied until AD 343. Bewcastle Cross is said to be the finest Anglican Cross in Europe. Dating from the 7th century, it is dedicated to Alcfrith, son of Oswiu,King of Northumberland who ruled from 641 – 670 AD

The stone castle was constructed between 1340 and 1360 using much material from the old Roman fort. During the 15th and 16th century it provided sanctuary for locals during Scottish raids. This area was much fought over by the Border Reivers; feuding, lawless, local families who raided each others farms taking livestock, goods, and possessions.

To protect themselves families built peel towers and Bastle houses. The old reiver family names survive today: Armstrong, Graham, Elliot, Musgrave and Nixon.

Click here to visit the Bewcastle Museum


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