Getting back to Advent


After they'd left: the church by candlelight for an Advent service of preparation and meditation

Life returned to normal after the departure of the BBC (and two days of clearing up, returning things to their proper places, and readjusting to the realities of Advent). The weekend of December 11th and 12th saw two events featuring the youngest and oldest members of our churches. Normally these events would have been a week apart, to give the organisers a break, but the BBC recording sessions meant that they had to be rescheduled, and so they landed on the same weekend.

The first happening was the joint Sunday Schools' annual party, held in St Mary's Hall on the Saturday afternoon. Father Christmas dropped in as usual, there were the traditional party goodies, and Mr Trix, star of last year's extravaganza, paid a return visit to entertain children and adults alike. Our pictures show something of the fun and games.


The following day saw the other annual tradition, the Senior Citizens' Christmas Dinner. Those admitting to being over 70 were wined and dined in St Faith's Hall. This year we were happy to welcome a goodly contingent from St Mary's as well as our own 'golden oldies', with the result that some 70 folk sat down to dinner. All concerned ate a superb meal and drank their fill (with no apologies to the anonymous writer of a somewhat sour letter recently printed in the local paper attacking St Faith's for an excessive emphasis on alcohol at its events!)  After the sing-song and the departure (on foot, crutches, zimmers but fortunately no ambulances!) the helpers sat down for a belated but welcome repast.

We are so grateful to the ladies who planned, cooked and served the meal and to the Men's Group for fund-raising for it and gracing it with their presence. Apologies to those of a sensitive nature for the outlandish headgear.....!

Report and photos: Chris Price

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