Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow – Dec 6th

This week we start with some news from the Church as some of the members of the choir travelled to Buckfast Abbey to take part in the annual Advent Carol Service at the weekend. The R.S.C.M event invited choirs from all over Devon to take part in the service massing a choir of over 150 people. Meeting in the Schiller Hall, the choiristers practised for over 2hrs before the actual service and for over an hour in the Abbey. The music included some old favourite carols and more challenging Anthems and Advent Prose.The conductor this year was Mr Peter Parshall, new to the Abbey and the organist was Mr Nicholas Brown,who thrilled the large congregation with his effortless playing.

Staying with the Church,its nearly that time of year again and as we get closer to Christmas, members of the Church will be dropping your Christmas service cards through your letterboxes this week, so keep an eye open for them.On Sunday 15th December the Church will be hosting the popular Family Carol Service featuring all your favourite Christmas Carols plus readings and poems. Everyone will be welcome and afterwards there will be mince pies and mulled wine.The W.I also have their Carol Service in church on Wed. 11th Dec at 2.30pm. This Sunday an old friend will be leading the service, Canon Bob Cambell-Smith will be joining us for a Sung Communion Service.

The Christmas Spirit was very much in evidence in the village to as a large crowd of folk turned out for the Christmas Light celebrations on Saturday. People walked and sang carols as they made their way to the Fishermans rest. Rev Neil Barker lead the prayers. The wonderful Taverners Drama Group entertained with their Chrismas revue and free mulled wine was enjoyed by everyone. A stained glass window was created during the entertainment and will be on display in the Church until after Christmas.

The Fishermans has a number of events over the Christmas season. Tonight there is a Fish and Chip evening, a regular Friday favourite. On the 21st of December there is the Grand Christmas Draw, still time to buy your tickets! On Christmas Eve there will be a Curry and Quiz night starting at 7.30pm and of course there will be Christmas Lunch on the special day, there are still a few places left if you haven’t booked yet.