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St Mary’s Church Chieveley

Christmas carols by candlelight followed by minced pies & mulled wine

A big thank you to all of you who came to the carol service on 11th December. We had a full church, we had to get out extra chairs, we ran out of service sheets, it was great! It was really super to see all of you that turned up in Christmas Jumpers / Christmas trimmings, it really added to the celebration of the event of the real CHRISTmas.

Here are the winners of the competition for the most Christmassy:

Adult being: Bev Butcher and child being: Jasper Amies

Thank you to our judges Betty Pocock and Meg Hooper (our church warden) who also kindly presented the prizes.











I think next time we may add a teenager category as it was a tough decision!  May 2017 bring you all many blessings  Love from the reindeer servers on the night  Terina and Mark


Farnborough:
Farnborough Carol Service on 11th December brought in the usual large congregation and was again a very special service. Now being blessed with more children than before we managed to include all the children much more so than in past years. Our first carol, Once in Royal David's City was led by Annabel Jenkins who sang the first verse unaccompanied. This year ALL our readings were read beautifully by the Children. Siblings shared some of the longer readings and each reading was crystal clear. To add to the magic of Christmas, all the children including the youngest stood at the front of the church and sang Away in a Manger which was very moving.
We shall certainly repeat this highly successful format next Christmas.
Carol Singing round the village.
Each year we turn out on a cold winter's night to Sing carols around the village. However this year it happened to be the most inclement weather of the year to date. This did not dull our enthusiasm and adult and child alike traipsed through the village from house to house singing our hearts out. As usual we were helped along our way by the kind hospitality of Farnborough residents providing much welcomed sustenance.

West Ilsley
WI collected items at their carol service for the Mother's Union initiative to provide toiletries to families in the JR hospital. It was so successful that 2 car journeys of donations had to made! Huge thanks to everyone. The churchwarden, an MU member, is looking out for the next local project to support so watch this space!

Beedon News
At Beedon church carol service, we had a lovely Carol service where the congregation brought their gifts for the Berkshire Woman's Aid.
Everyone was most generous and Tracey who collected all the gifts was really delighted with the response. It is most appropriate
we remember others who might not be in such a good place as ourselves especially at Christmas. After our service we enjoyed a glass of mulled wine, mince pies (gluten free catered for) and nibbles. A great social evening.
Beedon School also held their Nativity Play and Carol Service at St. Nicholas, with all the children contributing to the service.
The children and staff had worked very hard with the end result being excellent and anyone who went along being enthralled.
We all came out with huge smiles on our faces at the little nuances.  A collection was held for Loose Ends and this raised £100.

Peasemore

Led by Sam Tillotson and The Friends of St Barnabas' Church, the community of Peasemore came together for the
Village Lantern Event and Santa Parade on Sunday 18th December. 

The evening commenced with Lantern Lighting and Santa 
Parade which lead to St.Barnabas' Church for the family Carol Service.  Refreshments were kindly served for all attending the carol service.


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