Community Christmas Calendar

The Christmas Calendar is from the community with love at this special time of year. We want to help you countdown the days to Christmas with free, fun and festive online events and activities. Just click on the links to join in. We love to hear from you so let us know what you are up to. Share your fun and photographs on social media #colchesterchristmas and don’t forget to tag Community 360 as well @Community360org.

Please note: if you can’t see a live link, the calendar will be updated on a regular basis and all links will be available from the advertised date. Get in touch with information@community360.org.uk or call 01206 505250 to find out more.

Tuesday, 1 December 2020 Goldies Live: Love a good, old fashioned singalong? Then join Cheryl and Rachel for a sing and smile session. All your favourite songs with on screen words. Visit www.goldieslive.com for the latest session or click this box to be taken to the link directly. The session goes live on this date but can be accessed at any time.
Wednesday, 2 December 2020 Sing and stretch Get yourself in the mood to join our online neighbourhood café with a Sing and Stretch session with the Sport for Confidence team: visit https://youtu.be/xCaZf78dTvg or click this box to be taken to the link directly. Wednesday, 2 December 2020: 10 am Live Online Neighbourhood Café: Christmas Memories A chance to get together and a time to chat with old and new friends. To sign up for the café, call 01206 505250 or email: information@community360.org.ukWednesday, 2 December 2020: 6:30pm Live Christmas Show Join Arts4Dementia for their online show, A Merry Musical Christmas, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Sit back and enjoy the music and festivities. Visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87370659000 or click this box to be taken to the link directly
Sistars If you thought stars where just in the skies this Christmas, think again. Watch this Christmas dance routine made, with love, just for you from the children and young people from Sistars Dance & Fitness School. Click this box to be taken to the link. Thursday, 3 December 2020: Goldies Live Love a good, old fashioned singalong? Then join Cheryl and Rachel for a sing and smile session. All your favourite songs with on screen words. Visit www.goldieslive.com for the latest session or click this box to be taken to the link directly. The session goes live on this date but can be accessed at any time.Thursday, 3 December 2020: 2pm: Let’s Dance Live Take a Seat is for those that love to dance but wish to stay seated. So bring your tinsel and baubles & join us for some feel good music and movement! Don’t be late! click this box to be taken to the link directly. Meeting ID: 917 2585 6739 Passcode: 982019
Friday, 4 December 2020 Christmas Quiz It’s time to get your thinking caps on as you’re invited to the Community 360 Christmas quiz. You can play in teams or on your own. You can play at any time and there are no rules except one: no cheating!!! We do ask you to share your scores with us on social media #C360quiz so that’s it grab a pen, grab a piece of paper to record your score and Good Luck! Click this box to be taken to the link directly.

 

Saturday, 5 December 2020: Cinderella You are cordially invited to the ball of the year with Cinderella, the ultimate rags-to-riches gal, and all from the comfort of your own armchair. The Mercury Theatre are streaming their 2019 pantomime, Cinderella, the perfect festive fix for the whole family to enjoy! If you’re a care home in Essex get in touch with the Mercury Theatre Customer Experience team on tickets@mercurytheatre.co.uk or call on 01206 577006. Please leave your care home name, location, preferred date of stream and a primary contact. The ticket sales team will be touch and provide you a link to view the stream prior to the event. If you are an individual unaffiliated with a care home you can book your stream via the Mercury website: https://www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/event/cinderella-online/ or click this box to be taken to the mercury theatre website directly.
Sunday, 6 December 2020 A Christmas Carol Anthony from the Colchester Arts Centre with a classic seasonal offering, a reading of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Christmas? Bah! Humbug! Link still to come.Sunday, 6 December 2020: A Christmas Celebration A service of carols and readings to celebrate Christmas. Led by the Rev. Tony Bushell, Priest in Charge, Stanway and Mr. Michael Topple. Organist Mr. David Tibbets-Chaplin (organist, St.Albright’s)

 

Monday, 7 December Firstsite: The Art Cave Join artists Iris and Tom in the secret 'Art Cave' underneath Firstsite gallery for buckets full of family fun. Their YouTube series inspires kids to get creative at home, with hands on activities and tonnes of drawing tips and tricks. Tune in for a new episode every week in the lead up to Christmas! Visit www.firstsite.uk/the-art-cave or click this box for a direct link.
As our museums are currently closed, we wanted to bring the museums to you! The PowerPoint presentation shares some of the objects and displays in the museums, which will hopefully prompt some interesting discussions amongst care home residents. There are also a couple of artistic activity suggestions for residents to try, inspired by the painting "Walton Bridges" by JWM Turner, currently on display at Colchester Castle. Click this box to be taken to the site or visit https://colchester.cimuseums.org.uk/carehomeadvent/Tuesday, 8 December 2020: Live Love a good, old fashioned singalong? Then join Cheryl and Rachel for a sing and smile session. All your favourite songs with on screen words. Visit www.goldieslive.com for the latest session or click this box to be taken directly to the link. The session goes live on this date but can be accessed at any time.
Wednesday, 9 December 2020 Warm up for the online neighbourhood café with a sing and stretch session to Madness: It Must Be Love visit https://youtu.be/lq0ZyhrRRnQ or click this box to be taken directly to the link.Wednesday, 9 December 2020: 10 am Live Online Neighbourhood Café: Carols with Angela Request your favourite Christmas song and sing along. Contact Christine at Age Concern on 01206 482973 to book your place.Wednesday, 9 December 2020.; Robin The Dance Network Association (DNA) invites you to learn our special Christmas Dance to Rockin' Robin! We'll be dancing this altogether on Zoom on Thursday 17th December at 2pm if you wish to join in the celebration! Link https://youtu.be/JgDUv9nnkBE or click this box for a direct link.
Thursday, 10 December 2020 Care Homes Boccia League The Sport for Confidence team will be demonstrating how to play Boccia, a fun team sport suitable for everyone, in your care home. Send us your Boccia photos #colchesterboccia and let us know if your Blue or Red team won so we can add you to the Care Home Boccia Leaderboard! Prize for the care home that plays Boccia the most! Care homes get your kit and find out more from Sophie, Shannon and Connell at Sport for Confidence: 07394 564941 Thursday, 10 December 2020: Goldie Oldies. Love a good, old fashioned singalong? Then join Cheryl and Rachel for a sing and smile session. All your favourite songs with on screen words. Visit www.goldieslive.com for the latest session or click this box to be taken directly to the link. The session goes live on this date but can be accessed at any time.Thursday, 10 December 2020 : 2pm: Let’s Dance Live Take a Seat is for those that love to dance but wish to stay seated. So bring your tinsel and baubles & join us for some feel good music and movement! Classes start at 2pm. Don’t be late! Join Zoom Meeting click this box and then enter the meeting ID and passcode or follow https://zoom.us/j/91725856739?pwd=OUxjQzRiRm0zY3ZYbUg0N05ZSjZ4UT09 Meeting ID: 917 2585 6739 Passcode: 982019

 

Friday, 11 December 2020 Singalong and celebrate with Buddy Join Buddy and dance along to some well-known Christmas songs. For every age and agility, you can do them standing or sitting. Let's spread some festive joy. From everyone at Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex. VISIT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RQwyOgRiEI or click this box for a direct link
Saturday, 12 December 2020 Peter Pan Everything changes on the dull, dreary day Wendy Darling meets a strange young boy called Peter Pan. He takes her to Neverland – an extraordinary place filled with fiendish pirates, funky mermaids and an incredibly hungry crocodile. Join Peter Pan, Wendy and the outrageous Tiger Lily as they face the most fearful pantomime villain of all: Captain Hook. You must love stories, you must believe in fairies and you must never, ever grow up. Care homes can watch this recording of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds’ 2019 Pantomime, Peter Pan. Contact information@community360.org.uk or call 01206 505250 for your link and password.
Sunday, 13 December 2020 The Christmas Story Listen and watch a retelling of The Christmas Story by the children of St John's Green Primary School. Mary and Joseph have to make their way to Bethlehem, they travel by donkey and prepare for the birth of their baby. Click this box for a link.

 

 

Monday, 14 December 2020 Suffolk Art Link Create a colourful poem and get to grips with Dean Parkin's festive beginners guide to Zoom. Visit www.makedoandfriends.co.uk or click this box for a direct link.
Tuesday, 15 December 2020 Soaring High Montessori Christmas Concert The children would love you to join them for their annual Christmas service filled with carols, songs and prayers. Care homes contact information@community360.org.uk or call 01206 505250 for your video link.Tuesday, 15 December 2020: Goldie Oldies Live Love a good, old fashioned singalong? Then join Cheryl and Rachel for a sing and smile session. All your favourite songs with on screen words. Visit www.goldieslive.com for the latest session. The session goes live on this date but can be accessed at any time.
Wednesday, 16 December 2020 It’s getting to feel a lot like Christmas so warm up before the online neighbourhood café with a stretch and sing session. Visir https://youtu.be/rTGGV-pjS5g - or click this box for a direct link. Wednesday, 16 December 2020: 10am Live Online Neighbourhood Café: Christmas Memories and a quiz Join the Age Concern team for a chance to relive some lovely Christmas memories and take part in a festive quiz. Contact Christine at Age Concern on 01206 482973 to book your place.
Thursday, 17 December 2020 Care Homes Boccia League The Sport for Confidence team will be demonstrating how to play Boccia, a fun team sport suitable for everyone, in your care home. Send us your Boccia photos #colchesterboccia and let us know if your Blue or Red team won so we can add you to the Care Home Boccia Leaderboard! Prize for the care home that plays Boccia the most! Care homes get your kit and find out more from Shannon, Connell and Sophie at Sport for Confidence: 07394 564941 Goldies Live Love a good, old fashioned singalong? Then join Cheryl and Rachel for a sing and smile session. All your favourite songs with on screen words. Visit www.goldieslive.com for the latest session or click this box to be taken directly to the link. The session goes live on this date but can be accessed at any time.Thursday, 17 December 2020 : 2pm: Let’s Dance Live Take a Seat is for those that love to dance but wish to stay seated. So bring your tinsel and baubles & join us for some feel good music and movement! Classes start at 2pm. Don’t be late! Contact information@community360.org.uk or phone: 01206 505250 for your live link to the dance class.

 

Friday, 18 December 2020 Online Christmas Memory Afternoon, from 1pm Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Tobogganing on a tea tray? Hot chocolate with extra marshmallows? Unwrapping presents round a toasty fire? What’s your favourite Christmas memory? Join this extra special session from Colchester’s own Warm & Toasty Club for a chat, a laugh and a really great time revelling in the stories from everyone's past (including our own) with seasonal entertainment from some lovely singers and dancers. Visit www.facebook.com/thewarmandtoastyclub/videos or click this box to be taken directly to the site.
Saturday, 19 December 2020 Inspector Mudd Mystery: The Man with No Name Join Black Dog Theatre Creation, Colchester for a murder mystery… With a group of dinner guests standing shocked and their host dying dead upstairs, it's only a matter of time before the accusations and secrets come flying to the surface in this comic murder mystery. Written in the style of an Agatha Christie novel, performed like an old fashioned radio play and featuring some larger than life characters...it's only a matter of time before you'll be glued to the edge of your seat and guessing whodunnit?! Click this box for a direct link.
Sunday, 20 December 2020 We’re having a Party The Boaz Project is having a Christmas Party and you’re invited. If you’re up for some festive fun, join the party live on Zoom! Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/theboazproject/ (click this box for a direct link) or contact Elizabeth on 07940441756 for your invitation and party bag.

 

Monday, 21 December 2020 British Army Band Annual Christmas Concert This year, the British Army Band Colchester took their annual Christmas Concert virtual. Recorded and filmed for Facebook and YouTube, it was streamed in its entirety on 3 December. This lovely video comes from all at the British Army Band Colchester, with season’s greetings for a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Click this box for a direct link.
Tuesday, 22 December 2020 Goldies Live Love a good, old fashioned singalong? Then join Cheryl and Rachel for a sing and smile session. All your favourite songs with on screen words. Visit www.goldieslive.com for the latest session or click this box for a direct link. The session goes live on this date but can be accessed at any time.
Wednesday, 23 December 2020 A winter warm up session with Jack before the online neighbourhood café. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTsqV_VmfV0&feature=youtu.be or click this box for a direct link. Wednesday, 23 December 2020: 10 am Live Online Neighbourhood Café: Christmas Memories A chance to get together and a time to chat with old and new friends. To sign up for the café, call 01206 50550 or e mail: information@community360.org.uk
Thursday, 24 December 2020 Care Homes Boccia League The Sport for Confidence team will be demonstrating how to play Boccia, a fun team sport suitable for everyone, in your care home. Send us your Boccia photos #colchesterboccia and let us know if your Blue or Red team won so we can add you to the Care Home Boccia Leaderboard! Prize for the care home that plays Boccia the most! Care homes get your kit and find out more from Shannon, Connell and Sophie at Sport for Confidence: 07394 564941 Thursday, 24 December 2020: Goldies Live: Christmas Special Join Goldies online www.goldieslive.com (or click this box for a direct link) on Christmas Eve at 11.00am for an hour long Christmas Special. Carols, songs and much, much more.Thursday, 24 December 2020 ‘Twas the Night before Christmas Join members of Mercury Youth Theatre for their version of holiday classic, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. A classic retelling with a festive spoon, a Christmas suit and the odd decoration or two thrown into the mix! And then listen out … Santa’s on his way. Ho! Ho! Ho! Click this box for a link. Thursday, 24 December 2020 "The First Christmas"- tell the story, reveal the glory Join us for carols and the story of the first Christmas as told through short Bible readings. Brought to you from St Andrew's Church, Greenstead with help from St John's Church Colchester and Parson's Heath Church of England Primary School. We hope you will find comfort and peace in the words and music as we remember the reason for the season! Visit https://youtu.be/fdwRQ4NSqXA or click this box for a link

 

Friday, 25 December 2020 Christmas Day Service A Joint Christmas Day Service from the Chaplaincy teams of St Helena and St Elizabeth Hospices, celebrating the birth of Jesus in song, readings, reflection and prayer. The video will go live at https://www.youtube.com/user/StHelenaHospice after 10 am. Or click this box for a direct link.