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Winter Warmers: Union Chapel all set for week of festive cheer

PUBLISHED: 14:21 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:56 27 November 2018

A free screening of The Snowman on December 9 will be accompanied by live music from East London Brass. Picture: Laurence Bridgefoot

A free screening of The Snowman on December 9 will be accompanied by live music from East London Brass. Picture: Laurence Bridgefoot

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Union Chapel will host a programme of film screenings, carol singalongs and a Christmas market between December 3 and 9 as they bid to raise funds for their historic Sunday School Hall.

A programme of Winter Warmer events will raise much-needed funds for the Sunday School Hall at Union Chapel.A programme of Winter Warmer events will raise much-needed funds for the Sunday School Hall at Union Chapel.

You’ve tried to resist letting Christmas in to your life too early this year, haven’t you?

Switching channels to avoid festive adverts, ignoring the cinnamon lattes at the coffee shop, rolling your eyes at your neighbour’s inexplicable decision to put decorations up at the start of November.

But with the launch of Union Chapel’s Winter Warmers events next week, any Scrooge-like approach to the season of good will is futile. Starting on Monday and running across the week, the Chapel is laying on a schedule of film screenings, disco yoga sessions, uplifting sing-a-longs, a Christmas market and more.

The programme of events features something for all ages, with the funds raised going towards the refurbishment of the venue’s historic Sunday School Hall. The aim is to revitalise and transform this hidden gem of a space in to a new hub of cultural and artistic activity.

Disco Yoga takes place on December 5 from 7pm.Disco Yoga takes place on December 5 from 7pm.

The festivities start at 10am on Monday with a Baby Cinema screening of Muppet Christmas Carol, with films like White Christmas and Home Alone planned for each of the weekday mornings thereafter. There will be space for buggies, refreshments available and under 2’s go free.

Tuesday’s Christmas Cockney Singalong is sure to be a highlight of the week. Head along after work and gather around the piano as Tom Carradine leads 100 guests on a musical journey of East End classics and Christmas favourites. Song sheets are provided, all you need to do is ensure your singing voice is warmed up and ready to go.

On Wednesday the focus shifts to Disco Yoga – a spirited event for all abilities soundtracked by 70s music – while the week finishes with a flurry of music and mulled wine on December 9.

The Christmas Market gets in to full swing from 1pm inside the Sunday School Hall, which often hosted bazaars in Victorian times. There will be stalls from local artists, hot drinks at the bar and a chance for the kids to meet Santa at his grotto.

Inside the Chapel itself, the East London Brass band will perform the iconic soundtrack of The Snowman while the movie is screened on a large projector. The last of the venue’s Winter Warmers is a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life, taking place in their cosy, candlelit space from 6pm.

For a complete list of the Winter Warmer events at Union Chapel, click here.

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