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Surrey County Cricket Club is teaming with our overseas charity partner, Cricket Builds Hope, to stage a carol service at St. Mark’s Church in Kennington.

The service will take place on Thursday December 10th and will be streamed on the Club’s YouTube channel. The church is two minutes from the Kia Oval, directly opposite Oval Tube Station.

Hosted by the Vicar of St. Mark’s and Club Chaplain Steve Coulson, the service will feature a traditional Christmas choir with a cricketing bent, Faire is the XI, as well as virtual readings from Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew, Surrey’s Director of Women’s Cricket Ebony Rainford-Brent and the captain of the Rwandan Men’s National Team Eric Dusingizimana.

Cricket Builds Hope, formerly known as the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, have been the Club’s overseas charity partner for the past five years. After successfully building a brand new cricket ground in the Rwandan capital of Kigali (pictured), the charity changed their name to Cricket Builds Hope and won an ICC award this year for a programme they run to use cricket as a tool for women’s empowerment in Rwanda.

The popular service has been held in a packed church in previous years and, despite the restrictions currently in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both the Club and the charity wanted to ensure the tradition continued in 2020. To tune in, simply visit or the Club’s YouTube channel between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursday December 10th.

Details about the possibility of in person attendance will be confirmed in coming days.