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Crewkerne at Christmas

PUBLISHED: 11:46 13 November 2007 | UPDATED: 14:55 20 February 2013

St Bartholomew's Church, Crewkerne

St Bartholomew's Church, Crewkerne

One of the oldest towns in Somerset, pretty Crewkerne was known in Saxon times as 'Crucerne', a name compounded of the words 'Cruce', a cross, and 'Earne', a cottage or place of retirement. There is no doubt that this...

One of the oldest towns in Somerset, pretty Crewkerne was known in Saxon times as 'Crucerne', a name compounded of the words 'Cruce', a cross, and 'Earne', a cottage or place of retirement. There is no doubt that this name was applied to it in the early ages of Christianity, when Christmas celebrations were notably different from today's. That said, its market and the enterprising nature of its traders stretch back to the mists of antiquity and today its gorgeous Regency Ham-stone buildings are an ideal setting for the jewel-like lights festooning its centre from the beginning of December. Shoppers can chose between the small, eclectic and unusual boutiques in the George Shopping Precinct or the more conventional but no less varied stores centred on Falkland Square and Market Street. The town's Chamber of Commerce is planning a picturesque Christmas for residents and visitors alike, beginning with the annual lighting-up event, complete with the Mayor, Father Christmas, roundabouts for children and a farmers' market on 30 November. A Craft Fair will also take place and the shops will remain open late. There will be free parking in the area west car park on 22 December and much of the activities will focus on the town's beautiful St Bartholomew's Church, acknowledged to be one of the most architecturally outstanding in the South-west.


WHAT'S ON


30 November: Annual Lighting Event. 5.30pm


8 December: Illuminated Carnival. 7.30pm


14, 15 December: Crewkerne United Dramatic & Operatic Society (CUDOS) Christmas Concert. Victoria Hall, tel 01460 74380


16 December: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, followed by mince pies and mulled wine. St Bartholomew's Church, 6pm, www.stbartholomew-crewkerne.org


Crewkerne Community Office: tel 01460 75928


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