X factor semi-finalist Lauren Murray to make guest appearance at Carols in the Square

Today's the day so be sure to make your way to Battersea this evening and enjoy Carols in the Square, organised once again by by the Friends of Battersea Square and generously sponsored by local estate agents John D Wood and Co.

This year the vital Master of Ceremonies seat will be occupied by three people! They're the members of Sleeping Trees - writers and stars of Theatre503's zany Christmas show Cinderella and the Beanstalk. They'll get things going in their inimitable fashion at 6.30pm. Of course accomplished professional brass quintet Mardi Bras, will be providing seasonal musical entertainment from the soundstage near the tree before accompanying the singing of carols and other festive songs.

Lauren MurrayThere'll also be contributions from the the talented young people of Battersea Arts Centre's Beatbox Academy. To help things along we'll be joined by the choir of St Mary’s Church, Battersea, Thomas’s Choral Society and singers from local primary schools and Thomas’s Battersea. Keeping us all in time (and making sure that the volume level doesn't drop) will be John Haythornthwaite Director of Music at Thomas's.

At 7pm The Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Nicola Nardelli will switch on the lights of the magnificent Christmas tree. That will be followed by ‘snow’ and other festive surprises and then our very special guest star Lauren Murray the girl with the big voice, one of X-factor's semi-finalists will join us all in singing more carols before the event finishes at around 7.30pm. Sambrooks Beer, mulled wine, mincepies, hot chocolate and soup will be available throughout, and Gordon Ramsay's London House resturant will be offering pumpkin soup and caramel popcorn. Free flashing santa hats and badges will be handed out to the younger visitors. Of course the local bars, pubs and restaurants will also be open all evening.

Carols in the Square

Carols in the Square is always free to all but we do organise a collection on the night the proceeds of which are shared between two very important local charities. The Katherine Low Settlement has been a multi-purpose community and social action centre since 1924 dedicated to fighting the effects of poverty and isolation, and the Friends of Battersea Square are proud to support them. You may be interested to know that they are holding a Christmas Market on 5 December, from 12-5pm. Click on the image below for more details.

Since 1992 The Battersea Summer Scheme has been organising trips, outings and events for disadvantaged young people living in Battersea and Balham. These young people are often very vulnerable and can become victims of crime or, worse still, be tempted to commit a crime. As a major project of the Battersea Crime Prevention Panel the scheme tries to reach these youngsters first, encouraging them to take part in positive activities. Their major fund-raising event each year is the now legendary Battersea Police Ball. This year's event is on Saturday 28 November 2015. You can find out more about it here.

We look forward to seeing (and hearing) you in Battersea Square