We shouldn’t still be thinking about Christmas in February, but the print deadlines for the magazine have prevented me reporting on our busy schedule of events during December.
We were made very welcome when we went to sing carols at Wickham House, The Hawthorns and Gt. Bradfords House during December. It is good to get out into the community and bring some Christmas joy at these residential homes. I know that they really look forward to our visits – one of the homes contacted me during the summer heatwave, wanting to know when the choir could sing carols in December!
The Carol Service at St. Peter’s was, once again, a great success, with a very large congregation present. Our choir was made up of most of our regular Sunday morning singers, along with Lorna Webb, Bob Waters and Bob Challis who help us at Evensong and other special events, and also occasional members David Adams and Bryan Franklin. Many thanks to all the singers for their support, and to Richard Reed for playing the organ.
It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of former choir member Tony Manning. Tony sang alto and bass with the choir during the 1980’s and 1990’s, and was a very active member of our church community. Unfortunately, poor health prevented him being with us in recent years. Many current and former members of the choir sang at his funeral in December, and we also welcomed back our former organist, Robert Long, to play the organ at this service.