It is that time of year again when we start thinking more about Christmas and this issue is as usual full of information about the festive season. Thank you Art Club for the atmospheric picture of St Agatha’s under snow by Rosemary Greasby. Their annual exhibition is on Saturday 7 December in the Village Hall, always worth a visit (see flyer enclosed), while the evening before, on the 6th, the FOBS Christmas Fayre at the School is expecting an appearance of Father Christmas I hear! And if you are not feeling more Christmassy by then, there are the Carol evenings on the 9th in the Village hall and on the 13th at the Donkey Sanctuary. Details of the church services over Christmas are on page 13.
Many thanks to everyone who took the time and effort to send in a Christmas poem. The winning entry is ‘Brightwell-cum-Christmas’ by Robert Seatter, printed on page 12. It tells the Christmas story in a thoughtful and also thought-provoking way; and, like the best poetry, it repays re-reading. (It reads even better if you keep in mind that ‘cum’ means ‘with’ in Latin.) A topical entry from the residents of Sotwell Hill House deserves a special mention. They had a happy afternoon I am told adapting the ‘Ten days of Christmas’ to a shopping spree in the Village Stores – a really nice community effort.
Also published in this issue is a piece of prose sent in earlier by Margaret Smith about her childhood home at Christmas. A lovely reminiscence about making Christmas puddings, and I am sure it brings back happy memories for many of you.
On a sadder note, on page 4, there is an appreciation of the life of Anne Cordey who died in September. Anne was a dear friend of many people and a long standing member of the Villager team, known as the ‘Villager lady’ in Sotwell where she coordinated its distribution for over 20 years. She will be much missed.
The Parish Plan Committee would like to thank you for completing your questionnaire. It was a bit of a marathon but I hope like me you enjoyed doing it, or some of it at least. It made me think more about living here and by responding I felt I was doing something which might help in the future rather than just talking about it. More news of results soon.
Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a restful festive time.
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