Date(s) - 23/12/2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Gilcrux, near Cockermouth
Church & Choral
Carol Service at St Mary’s, Gilcrux
Locals and visitors alike are all welcome.
Join us for a traditional village Christmas Carol Service in ancient Grade II* listed St Mary’s Church.
Beautiful in the simplicity of its form, the little church has been decorated traditionally with holly, ivy, bows and baubles.
The service is approximately one hour, following which mince pies, mulled wine and friendliness are available at the nearby Village Hall.
Set on a mound in the heart of the village, St Mary’s dates back around one thousand years. Inside the church is the remnants of the Celtic-Norse cross that stood on this ancient site in the first millennium, prior to the church being constructed.
In 2018 St Mary’s was threatened with closure and sale, bringing an end to over 1,000 years of tradition, gathering and worship on this site. A one year reprieve is currently in place while the community formulates a rescue plan.
St Mary’s Church is a scenic 30 minutes drive from Keswick, 12 minutes from Cockermouth and 11 minutes from Maryport.
Extend your visit and meet the village – Gilcrux has a friendly traditional village pub, the Mason’s Arms, and a lovely pub bistro, The Bar’n Bistro. Both with big smiles, excellent food, real ales and roaring log fires. Both will be open for drinks on Sunday afternoon and food in the evening after 6 pm. The Bar’n Bistro also serves a sumptuous Sunday roast from 12 pm to 2 pm (you could possibly squeeze in before the service!). Booking is advised for food.
- Friends of St Mary’s Church Facebook page
- Gilcrux Village Hall website
- The Bar’n Bistro website
- The Mason’s Arms website
- Bed & Breakfast – Solway View Cottage
- Holiday Cottages – Holly Bank Cottages
- Cottages & Shepherd’s Hut – Greengill Farm
See also: Traditional Christmas Eve Communion with Carols 24th December at 8 pm
Please note: there is no Christmas Day service at St Mary’s.
Gilcrux – the Best Christmas!
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