Telewest behind UK's first virtual carol service


For those who can’t be bothered to go to church to listen to Christmas Carols, Telewest is behind the world’s first online Christmas Carol Service. Due to webcast on Wednesday 17th December (7.30pm) at St Philip and St James’ Church in Bath, the idea is the brainchild of Reverend Alan Bain.

Earlier this year the Reverend conducted Britain’s first internet sermon as part of his regular Sunday service. By logging on to before the carol service you can vote for your favourite Christmas songs, dedicate readings to loved ones, even e-mail the church with prayers to be read out to distant friends and family during the service.

As well as traditional carols sung by local childrens’ choirs, people around the world can visit the church website at to listen to and vote for a new Christmas carol, composed by church members. Those who want to listen to and watch the virtual carol service should log on to at 7.30pm on 17 December.

Meanwhile Telewest Broadband has introduced an animated character – or avatar – to guide new surfers through the web. Called Bluey – and largely inspired by Sky’s Red Button Man it seems – the superhero avatar will be an integrated part of the blueyonder website ( from now on.

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