Christmas in Oakley 2020
P r o g r a m m e o f E v e n t s, 21 Nov - 25 Dec
1 - 25 December | Oakley Community Advent Calendar
Shops and homes will use their imagination to create a living community Advent Calendar in their front windows. A newly decorated window will be revealed, or “opened”, on each day of Advent across Oakley.
1 - 30 December | Holiday Rambles
The Hampshire countryside is stunningly beautiful all year round! Bundle up warm, pack some treats and a hot drink to go, and enjoy local winter walks and rambles. Please contact Barbara Robson for maps and route ideas (07722 957057)
Saturday 12 December | The Twelve Days of Christmas
Oakley’s 12 Days of Christmas is going down a storm with daily releases of familiar Oakley faces keeping us all smiling in the run up to Christmas. It is available to view on the St Leonard’s YouTube channel and the OCA Facebook Page. Don’t miss this classic Christmas musical tradition reimagined with a local 2020 Oakley twist!
14 – 24 December | Oakley Christmas Tales and More!
Enjoy a week of full of Christmas stories and poems recorded by various members of our community. A new contribution will be shone every night!
Saturday 19 December | Christmas Music & Messages: Live Music from Oakley to Family & Friends
From 3 pm, Karen Middleton and local musicians will play live Christmas music interspersed with your messages sent to family and friends in other parts of the country ... and even the world! Email your brief messages of love and greetings to [email protected] for Karen to read out in between the musical items. (via Facebook and YouTube)
Saturday 19 December | The Oakley Pantomime Society (TOPS) Saves Christmas!
No Christmas in Oakley would be complete without a contribution from the creative comedy gold of Ann Davis and TOPS. Brighten up your Christmas with our first ever virtual panto experience!
Sunday 20 December | Blue Christmas
Christmas is not always an easy or happy time, especially this year. If you find yourself longing a quiet space away from the glitz and festive noise, Blue Christmas is a short service of comfort and hope for anyone facing a difficult Christmas. Pause, reflect, light a candle, and remember that you are not alone.
2 pm @ Wootton St Lawrence and 4 pm @ St Leonard’s Oakley, if COVID lockdown restrictions allow, and online at [email protected] (via YouTube). To sign up, please contact Penny ([email protected]).
21 – 22 December | Santa’s Sleigh Drive
Santa is coming to Oakley! All are welcome to come and give Santa a wave and wish him a merry Christmas from your front gardens and drives. Information about the route will be available soon. Spread the word and the cheer, and follow the Facebook page for route info and location updates on the nights.
A massive thank you to all involved so far - especially Matt Mulholland of Streetwise Cleaning and Support who is Santa's chauffeur and has provided the sound system, petrol, power and kit and helped walk the routes to try and make sure we get to as many people as possible. Also a massive THANK YOU to Lisa Hughes and Dan Allport at Friends of Oakley Infant School for organising the entire thing.
Thursday 24 December | Oakley Christmas Doorstep Sing Along
At 6 pm on Christmas eve, gather your household onto your front garden or drive to join together as a whole village to sing a few Christmas songs and carols.
Thursday 24 December | Crib Service
A special [email protected] Christmas eve service for all ages and experience the Christmas story afresh with music, readings, puppets and perhaps even a cheeky visit with our favourite Christmas donkeys!
Thursday 24 December | Candlelit Christmas Eve Services
Come and enjoy a live traditional candlelit crib service at Wootton St Lawrence or a contemporary Christmas Eve Communion service at St Leonard’s Oakley, if COVID restrictions allow. There will also be an online Christmas Eve service for those tuning in from home (via YouTube). Experience the wonder of heaven touching earth in the person of Jesus this Christmas.
Keep up to date with the OCA: www.facebook.com/OCAOakley
For more info about the Christmas programme, please visit the websites of the Parish Council, the OCA, St Leonard’s Church and the village community Facebook pages
It can’t be done! Oh yes it can!
It takes more than a global pandemic to stop The Oakley Pantomime Society in its tracks, so join us as we present pantomime as only we can!! Boo, hiss, cheer and sing along from the comfort of your own armchair. Two minutes of wit and roughly twenty more of standard TOPS groanworthy entertainment will brighten a gloomy day and bring some traditional cheer into your 2020 celebrations.
Watch now, here -