HORNDEAN Square was packed for a Christmas carol service that raised money for Horndean and Clanfield food bank.

All the traditional carols were sung at the service last Tuesday (December 20) organised by Horndean Parish Council in conjunction with all the local churches.

The carols included the popular Once in Royal David’s City that begun with a solo by a local student.

A council spokesman said: “Thank you to Daisie Latter, a student from Horndean Technology College, for performing the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City as a solo so beautifully.

“We would like to thank all those who attended the carol service, with a special thank you to all participants who helped make the evening a memorable one – Blendworth Brass Band, Sound Advice AV Installations and all the local churches of Horndean.

“The event was very well attended with an impressive £264.53 being collected during the service for Horndean and Clanfield food bank.

“The food bank is coordinated by Horndean Baptist Church and we wish everyone a happy new year.”

Horndean and Clanfield food bank provides a short-term, free, emergency food supply for families in crisis.

Its parcels provide enough nutritious basic ingredients to create several meals.

The food bank is stocked by the generosity of people from Horndean and the surrounding areas.

A food bank spokesman said: “It is run in partnership with Horndean Churches Together, and is stocked by the generosity of local people.

We would love to hear from anyone able to donate food to the food bank.”

It recently distributed hampers to local people in need.

The spokesman added: “We thank all the team who put together 65 hampers for local families – and thank everyone in our community who donated and made that possible.”

The food bank is open today (Wednesday) and tomorrow from 10am to midday for emergencies only. It then reopens as normal from January 3, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10am to 4pm.

Top-up bags are available from Merchistoun Hall when it is open.

The food bank also asks that anyone with donations should drop them off from January 3 onwards.

To request a food parcel, contact the food bank on 07914 504715. For any other enquiries email [email protected]

The food bank also has a Facebook page.