Nine celebrations will be held across Lincolnshire throughout November and December, to remember loved ones at a difficult time of year.
St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice is inviting the local community to remember a loved one at Christmas at their annual Light up a Life celebrations. These unique celebrations are a special time for families and friends to join together in remembering the people that they love in a reflective environment.
Each event will feature touching readings, music and a time for quiet reflection; candles will also be lit in remembrance.
Each Light up a Life celebration will last approximately 1 – 1.5 hours. They are free to attend and open to everyone, regardless of faith. There is no need to book in advance for the celebrations, but the Hospice is asking people to register their attendance for the Torchlight Procession at www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/torchlight-19.
- Lincoln Celebration and Torchlight Procession – Tuesday 26th Celebration begins at 6pm at Our Lady of Lincoln Church, Laughton Way, Lincoln, LN2 2HE. Torchlight Procession meets at 7pm at Claytons Sports Ground.
- Boston Celebration – Sunday 1st December, 2pm, Salvation Army, 59-61 High Street, Boston, PE21 8ST.
- Gainsborough Celebration – Tuesday 3rd December, 6.30pm, United Reformed Church, Church Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2JR.
- Skegness Celebration – Sunday 8th December, 2.30pm, St Paul’s Baptist Church, 19 Beresford Avenue, Skegness, PE25 3JD.
- Sleaford Celebration – Sunday 8th December, 3pm, Sleaford Methodist Church, Church Lane, Sleaford, NG34 7DF.
- Louth Celebration – Sunday 8th December, 3pm, Louth Methodist Church, Nicholl Hill, Louth, LN11 9NQ.
- Grantham Celebration – Tuesday 10th December, 6pm, St Wulframs Church, Church Street, Grantham, NG31 6RR.
- Sutton Celebration – Saturday 14th December, 2pm, St Andrews, Sutton Road, Hannah cum Hagnaby, LN13 9QL.
- Spalding Celebration – Sunday 15th December, 3pm, St John the Baptist Church, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding, PE11 1JQ.
The Lincoln event includes the iconic and moving Torchlight Procession, which involves thousands of local residents joining forces to walk through Lincoln’s iconic Bailgate, carrying flaming torches in memory of loved ones. Due to the works currently taking place at Lincoln Cathedral, the Lincoln Tree of Life will stand outside the Lincoln Hotel for one year only.
Louise Cotton, organiser of the Torchlight Procession, said:
“On behalf of St Barnabas, we’d like to say a huge thank you to the Lincoln Hotel for kindly hosting our Tree of Life this year. Because of this generosity, the Procession route will remain largely unchanged and supporters will still have a lovely view of the Cathedral in the background of the tree.”
If you would like to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one at Christmas, or for more information about the Light up a Life celebrations, please go to www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/LUAL