Festive fundraiser in park

03:00, Dec 13 2012
Three wise men
Following yonder star: Christmas in the Park organisers, from left, Kate Sinclair, Salvation Army minister Lachie Marshall, Elim Church pastor Tom Hatch and Assembly of God pastor Denis Humphreys in their nativity themed costumes. Mrs Sinclair dressed as an angel while Mr Marshall, Mr Hatch and Mr Humphreys are the 'three Ys men'.

Put together a tasty picnic basket, grab the kids and head to Pollard Park in Blenheim on Sunday night for the annual Christmas in the Park from 5.45pm.

It is the fifth year the popular fundraiser for the Hospital Chaplaincy Trust will be held at Pollard Park.

"It started off as Carols by Laser Light in Seymour Square but has grown a huge amount since then," event co-organiser and Salvation Army minister Lachie Marshall said.

The evening features not only carols, led by the Marlborough District Brass Band, but also performances by Marlborough musicians Matt McNeilly, Fella Voce, Olivia Sheat and Con O'Brien, and Tempo (Today's Emerging Musicians Performing Onstage).

This is the first year that Tempo performers have been involved.

There will also be prizes for the best dressed nativity character for under-12s, teens and adults.


"Basically it's a great evening of Christmas-themed music for the whole family to enjoy together," Mr Marshall said.

Last year, the event saw about 3000 people turn out to enjoy the music and great summer weather. The forecast for this year's event looks equally promising.

While picnic baskets are encouraged, there will also be a sausage sizzle, a coffee cart, Mr Whippy icecream and drinks on sale.

A donations basket will be distributed around the park during the evening for donations to the Hospital Chaplaincy, which provides free pastoral and spiritual guidance and counselling to patients, their family and staff at Wairau Hospital.

The evening begins with music from the brass band at 5.45pm, and an official welcome by Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman at 6pm.

The musicians will then take their turns to entertain the crowd until 8.30pm. Parking will be provided in Churchill Glade, and access to the Pollard Park car park will be controlled from 1pm while the event is being set up.

The Marlborough Express