Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow, 7th December

Our Community welcomed in the Christmas Spirit in style last weekend. The fun started with the children’s Craft Workshop, which was enjoyed by 20 children and their parents. Then a large gathering of people of all ages started the procession down Fore Street singing carols, the crowd being led by our vicar, Rev Matt Rowland. The children sang a verse from Away in a Manger, much enjoyed by everyone. At the tree the lovely favourite carol, O come all ye Faithful was sung and everyone waited with baited breath as Rev Matthew led the countdown. This year’s lights display burst into life and the people moved into the pub to enjoy their mulled wine and mince pies. Once everyone was seated, the festive entertainment commenced. The Ukelele band led a medley of Christmas songs, and Sir John Betjeman’s poem “Christmas” was read. The village choir sang “Christmas is a Time for Love” and the handbell ringers played three carols. The next reading was an excerpt from Wind in the Willows, read beautifully by Kay Neal and the choir sang the “Carol of the Field Mice” inspired by the book. Later in the evening three copies of the book were raffled and presented to three lucky children.The Ukelele band led the audience into the final medley of songs, and Jan Laidler was the compare for the evening. Many thanks to Penny, for her musical direction and to Maggie for her organisation of the entertainment

Our shop has a wonderful range of Christmas goodies in stock now including a special festive ale and a selection of wines and of course some delicious mince pies.. The new village calendar is now available, maybe a great idea for a gift! Also our shop now also can help with photocopying and laminating, good news indeed. The Post Office is now working to its full capacity and is ready for the festive needs of our community and the new postage stamps are available now too. The shop is open from 8-6pm on weekdays, 8.30am-3.30pm on Saturdays, and 8.30am -1pm on Sundays.

Our Primary School has its Christmas Fayre  tomorrow, December 8th starting at 2-4pm.at the school and the village hall.The entry is free and there will be many local crafts people attending with all sorts of things to sell and raise much needed funds for our school.There will some beautiful jewellery and some tasty treats too, so please come and support this event.

This months Soup and Puds will  be held in the village hall on December 15th  starting at 12.30-2pm. This months menu will have a festive feel, so why not come down and find out what the menu is like? Its only £5 per person and all the funds raised go to the upkeep of our hall.

St Andrews will have a Communion service starting at 11am with Rev Matt Rowland.