Bartley Marketing Christmas Message

Bartley Marketing Christmas Message 

We wish you all as merry a Christmas as is possible in the circumstances


Thank you to you all: in your various ways for supporting Bartley Marketing and, reading our Weekly What's On and engaging with our social media platforms. It's been an honour to play our small part in helping everybody to stay in the loop through this strangest of years in most of our lifetimes.

Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones this year, with so many who at such short notice are now separated from their loved ones for Christmas, and as ever with our amazing local volunteers and our wonderful doctors, nurses, carers, teachers - and all those who've faced the "front line" this year and look set to have to carry on well into 2021.

The comfort of tradition

Tradition can be comforting and we're looking to thank our local churches and support our local charities this Christmas.

So first some happy news and also in the online spirit that has pervaded 2020 some "events" you can join when the fancy takes you! 

Enjoy the Lymington Baptist Church annual carol service - online in the tradition of 2020!

First, Lymington Baptist Church invites you to join its online carol service from last Sunday!  It's free to attend wherever and whenever you like!


Glad tidings from Pennington Church and the local community 

pennington church christmas tree and muralNext, heartwarming news of the Pennington community which joined knitting needles together to create a 7m tall knitted Christmas tree for St Mark's Church and a crotched nativity too! Over 300 knitted and crocheted squares were made by more than 50 people across the town. The vicar crocheted the nativity characters, complete with facemasks for 2020. Pupils from the local infant, junior and primary schools, preschool and nursery also decorated recycled estate agent signs to create an Advent Calendar that is still unfolding on the hedge. 

Vicar Rev. Rachel Noёl wanted a way to connect the community with something uplifting that everyone could be a part of. She said: “I knew I needed a crochet project this season to help with my own mental health during this pandemic. I decided to open it up to everyone to take part, to help create opportunities for glimpses of light, hope and joy this season.

"Usually we’d work together to create a large community Christmas fayre, obviously that’s not possible this year, my hope is that through the daily videos and the decorations on the hedge, that it helps to draw us together in the village, to be proud of what we have achieved when we all work together, and to be reminded of the joy of God at Christmas.”

Volunteer Paul Young said: "We wanted to celebrate the breadth of our community in an uplifting festive way. It has been so encouraging that so many people have got involved to help cheer up the whole community.”

Local resident Alan Doe made the construction ideas into reality by creating a framework that has enabled the yarn bomb Christmas tree to keep growing as more squares are made.

After Christmas, the squares will be turned into blankets for those in need.

Thank you for the photo to Helen Renouf. The display is ever more amazing - we highly recommend a walk past to admire their handiwork - combine with a stroll around Pennington Common.

Live and YouTube Lymington church services 

There are live services at St Thomas Church including the Christmas Eve Midnight service and Christmas morning.

There is music at both services, the choir is allowed to sing from the gallery. 01590 676194 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There is still limited capacity available, for details please look at

Services from Lymington church including last Sunday's service of lessons and carols, and from St Marks, Pennington are on YouTube click here: Pennington Church - YouTube  

Support our deserving local charities

There are so many deserving charities it's not even really fair to name a few and leave out others, however, we do have especially close links with

Oakhaven Hospice: also this week marking the Year of the Nurse which in turn draws attention to all those nursing and caring people everywhere who have faced exceptional challenges this year and potentially on into next year will continue to do so

Hammersley Homes: with its enormous mission to provide a safe home for life for people with long term mental illness

Lymington Lifeboat: as part of the vast RNLI network daily and nightly saving lives at sea

New Forest Basics Bank: of whose volunteers we are in awe and admiration. (Do read Lorraine's Christmas poem here too!)

And likewise the quiet heroes of Lymington Rotary....who hope in 2021 to be able once again to mount their major fundraising and family fun events, raising funds which they then pass on to local deserving causes.

If you have a little spare money - or time - and can support any of these charities in any way they will be grateful - click the respective links embedded in the charity names above for more information.

And finally... enjoy a real live Christmas Carol 

In parting, we should like to draw your attention to one live event which is going down a storm (sometimes in a storm!): A Christmas Carol at Beaulieu. It's outdoors of course so dress for the elements but it's not long, it's seasonal and it's immensely entertaining. Click this link for the summary information and then through to the Book Tickets link, for all the days and times through to 3 January.

Stay safe and well - and sign up for Weekly What's On in 2021!



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