For the third year running Mother of God Parish definitely proved that it has got talent, in fact lots of talent.

Ten acts took to the stage to perform for an enthusiastic audience, all in the name of Charity. They were helping to raise much needed funds for St Vincent’s Furniture Store and the Sheffield Branch of the HCPT.

Our guest Judges this year were, His Honour Michael Murphy QC, Radio Sheffield’s Paulette Edwards and finally our new judge, who famously coached Jessica Ennis-Hill to World and Olympic Gold, Toni Minichiello.

Our presenters were once again our very own Little Ant and Dec, or as we are calling them these days, Not so Little Ant and Dec, better known as, Nick and Sean Hardwick.

Left to Right Little Ant (Nick Hardwick), Toni Minnichiello, Connie Campbell (winner), Paulette Edwards, Lorraine Healy, Little Dec (Sean Hardwick) and Mike Murphy

The evening started with Little Ant and Dec performing a dance routine to ‘Let’s get ready to rumble’ followed by a welcome to the judges and audience. When all 10 acts had performed the judges retired to a room where they discussed the placings.  During this time, everyone enjoyed a drink and a chat in the Parish Centre, all giving views on who they thought the winner would be.  Last year’s winner, Pete Loftus, then performed a couple of songs prior to handing over his title.

The judges said how fantastic all the acts had been and that they wished they could give a prize to everyone. They did introduce a new prize for the best newcomer and this went to Becca, who played the Banjulele and sang the Christmas song ‘When a Child is born’.

Third place couldn’t be split and this went to Danielle and Sarah. Second place went to Will Green and the winning prize went to Connie Campbell.  Connie is a year 10 pupil at All Saints Catholic High School and sang a song from the musical ‘Les Miserables’.  Paulette said that she could see Connie, in the future, performing in musical theatre and that she had a great future ahead of her.  Toni had said that when Connie sang it sent tingles down his spine.

Bishop Ralph congratulated them and presented Connie with her winner’s prize.

All the contestants on the stage for the finale ‘Do they Know it’s Christmastime’

Connie performed for us all again, before all the acts got back up on stage and performed their own rendition of ‘Do they know it’s Christmastime’, with everyone joining in.

It was a fantastic night and as someone said on the night, “Mother of God Parish’s Got Talent, just gets better and better”.

St Vincent’s Furniture Store and Sheffield HCPT would like to thank all those people who helped to make the evening possible:

Our Judges, who were wonderful and always make the evening so much fun.

Our sound and lighting team, Jim Hogan who unfortunately couldn’t be with us on the night, Gary Utley and Bernie Healy

Last year’s winner Pete Loftus for coming along and performing for us.

Our own Little Ant and Dec, the best comperes in the land.

Our contestants.

Mgr Kilgannon for the use of the Parish Centre and his never ending support in all that we do.

The people who served tea, coffee and refreshments at the interval and all those who helped to tidy the Parish Centre.

Andrea and Donald Watts, who took the tickets on the door and also sold raffle tickets to people.

All Saints Catholic High School for sponsoring our programme.

And finally to everyone, who came along and supported us on the evening. Both Charities are indebted to you.