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Nearly 100 people turned out in the cold on Sunday, December 7th to witness the grand switch-on of the Christmas lights and star on the church tower. Despite there being a distinctly chilly wind, Nick Stones, Chair of the Parish Council, gave a heart-warming speech and entertained the gathered crowd with a very fetching hat! After the traditional countdown, there was a dramatic pause when darkness reigned then, on the second attempt, all the lights came on accompanied by a cheer.

It had been even colder at 8.00am on Saturday morning when the stalwarts in the form of Peter, Peter and Peter (yes!), Roger, Gerald and Dean unravelled miles of light cables then balanced precariously on ladders to drape the tree with the twinkling stars. All agreed that the result was delightful. Maybe the tree looks a little bald at the back but a lesson learnt for next year..... even more lights.

We are very grateful to everyone who helped – the mince-pie makers especially Margaret Jenkins who has broken the world record of producing the most mince pies in a week – the mulled wine dispensers – Spar for kindly supplying sausage rolls on top of their generous donation - Dougie and his fabulous organ and, of course, everyone who came to support the event.

Next year we would like to make it an even bigger event and have some exciting ideas – watch this space in the New Year for more details and how to get involved

Gillian Rennie-Dunkerley (Parish Councillor)

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