Village Advent Celebrations 2018. Christmas Eve. Church Cottage, Church Street.

December 25th, 2018

We reach the magical moment. 6.30 pm on Christmas Eve and the final window is unveiled. An evening of stillness, frost and a little mistiness – the world in waiting for the big day!

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 23rd. Carol Service at the Church.

December 23rd, 2018

3.00 pm on a wet Sunday afternoon but it’s nearly Christmas, there is a warm welcome within and there are many carols to be sung! The church is packed and some latecomers have to stand.

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 22nd. Bell Cottage (formerly The Six Bells Inn).

December 22nd, 2018

A very fine and dry night. The narrow lane outside Bell Cottage is filled with people. Fortunately only one car runs the gauntlet during the party!

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 21st. Wisteria Cottage, Helmdon Road.

December 22nd, 2018

The winter solstice and a full moon could be seen (until it rained again!)

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 20th. Northston, School Street.

December 20th, 2018

An arctic scene indeed but the temperature in the village has rocketed to 10c with more rain in the air.

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 19th. 14 Spinners Cottages.

December 20th, 2018

Not an umbrella to be seen for the first time in days (but wellington boots continue to be the best option!)

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Don’t miss! Carol Service in the Church at 3.00 pm on Sunday 23rd December, with a special guest.

December 19th, 2018

Don’t miss this year’s Carol Service to be held in the Church at 3pm on Sunday 23rd December.

We are very lucky to have living in our midst a professional soprano – director of the international vocal group Synergy Vocals, and a former member of the BBC Singers and The Swingle Singers – Micaela Haslam.

She will be singing The Virgin’s Cradle-Hymn by Herbert Fryer (early 20th century – in Latin) and an aria from Handel’s Messiah. Most importantly, she’d love you all to know that her name rhymes with “Delilah” – not “inhaler”

Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 18th. Rectory Farm, Little Street

December 18th, 2018

The rainy season continues. Determined villagers splash their way through huge puddles in the lower part of the village to reach Rectory Farm.

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 17th. Magpie Farm.

December 17th, 2018

After two days of torrential rain it was pleasant to have a dry, mild evening for the three quarters of a mile walk to Magpie Farm, undertaken by at least some of the revellers.

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 16th. The Old Farmhouse, Manor Road.

December 16th, 2018

Yesterday was a mere shower compared with today’s “monsoon”! Undeterred by the apparent start of the rainy season, over thirty people turned out, complete with an array of colourful umbrellas. To the revellers’ great joy, a large outbuilding offered a refuge for the nightly drinks and refreshments.

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