Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow, 21st December

Our lovely ladies of the W.I enjoyed their Christmas Party evening last Thursday. The ladies were smaller in number than usual due to ilness but they had a lovely time. Mr Christopher Stevens was their guest speaker and he and his wife Margaret treated the ladies to an evening of Victorian entertainment. The happy two-some sang  and played some lovely songs to entertain their audience, each with its own festive content. Christopher read some poems and gave a talk about robins and how they came to be associated with the Christmas period. Some of the ladies read out ‘Robin’ facts from a post bag on a model robin, the early postmen had red coats a left over from  military times and giving them a uniform helped to distiguish them from members of the public. The discussion then went on to mention unusual nesting sites of robins and the ladies recounted their own experences of this. One instance was of a robin having a nest in a pot in a green house, an old car and various places you just wouldn’t expect a bird to be! The ladies enjoyed a bring and share supper and chatted happily with their guests. Meg Brett gave the vote of thanks and the competition for  a table decoration was won by Mrs Lolly Parker, 2nd Lyn Wicksteed, 3rd Rosie Warrillow, Flower of the month 1st Rosie Warrillow.  The next meeting on January 10th  will be an open meeting with local artist and bird watcher John Ashton speaking about the wildlife on our river, so make a date in your diary. The meeting will take place in the village hall at 7.30pm.

St Andrews will have a Family Carol service this week with Rev Matt Rowland and this service will be especially for families and children, and will start at 11am . There will be a Christmas Communion service on Christmas Eve at 9pm. The handbells will play before the service and there will be lots of favourite carols to sing. On Christmas morning there will be a Family service led by reader Joyce Howitt, also starting at 11am Everyone is welcome to join in with the services.

There will be a Christmas Quiz and Curry evening at the Fishermans on Christmas Eve, starting at 7pm . Its All You Can Eat with three diffent curries available, wow! Please phone the pub on 550284 to book ! Looking forward to New Years Eve, there will be a disco plus live music from local entertainers The Package performing live. Lunchtime food will be the same as usual, but there is a set menu for the evening for which booking is necessary, again contact the pub for more details.

It just remains to wish everyone a happy Christmas and Joyous New Year!