Home Comforts and Joy concert will premiere at 7pm on 22nd December on the following link
Westerton Male Voice Choir
Iain 'Costello' MacIver
Dean Saunders - Piper
Merchant Voices Choir
Every Voice Choir
The Dynamite Kings
The Forget Me Notes
Download your Sing-A-Long lyric sheet
There are many benefits of singing, including:
1. Singing releases endorphins and oxytocin (also known as the cuddle hormone)
2. Singing improves cognition - helping you think a little clearer
3. Singing lowers your blood pressure
4. Singing tones up your facial muscles
5. Singing develops the lungs and gives you better posture
6. Singing brings people together and creates a sense of community
Go for it, sing to your hearts content!
Festive Recipe Ideas to try at Home
Slow Cooker Mulled Wine
This easy slow cooker mulled wine recipe can be made while you get on with trimming the tree and decorating the house. All you need is half a bottle of wine, a handful of spices and some citrus fruit.
less than 30 mins
less than 10 mins
½ bottle red wine
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
50g/1¾oz brown sugar
Combine all the ingredients in your slow cooker and cook on low until warm (1-2 hours, depending on your slow cooker). Alternatively, place all of the ingredients into a saucepan and simmer gently for 6-8 minutes, without boiling.
To serve, pour the mulled wine into heatproof glasses.
This is an Ainsley Harriot recipe that can be found on the BBC Good Food Website.
Polar Bear Peppermint Creams
We're in love with these cute minty treats that the kids can get involved in making. If you want a more classic cream, coat pieces in melted dark chocolate.
250g icing sugar
1 egg white, beaten
few drops of peppermint essence
15 chocolate sweets (we used Waitrose blue and green chocolate beans)
Sieve the icing sugar into a large bowl. Mix in the egg white, a little at a time – stop adding it when you have a soft dough that feels like plasticine.
Add 3 drops of the peppermint essence, mix well and taste. Add another drop if it isn’t minty enough.
Roll half the mixture into 15 balls, about the size of cherry tomatoes, then flatten them with your hand to make the bear heads.
Place on sheets of baking parchment on a large board or tray. Using half the remaining mixture, make blueberry-sized balls and flatten them out onto the heads to make snouts. Add chocolate sweets for the noses.
Use the rest of the mixture to make the ears. Shape them into tiny balls and press them gently into the top of the heads with your fingertips. Use a cocktail stick to shape the eyes.
Leave the polar bears to dry for 3-4 hrs, or overnight. Eat within 1 month.
This recipe can be found on the BBC Good Food Website.