February Blog 2017

December was a very joyous month, full with a variety of Carol Services and lunches. Prior to then, on 26th November, was the Christmas Fair. Everybody threw themselves into the spirit of Christmas and the village hall was soon full, which made it such a success and raised almost £500 for Naomi House. Well done all and a big thank you to Lisa, also for your delicious sloe gin!
The Family Service on the 4th started December off with the children playing a very active roll and afterwards enjoyed sharing tea together in church. The Book club met on Friday 9th at the Fox for our Christmas meeting, a very festive time had by all. We did manage to discuss ‘Calico Joe’ by John Grisham which got a score of 5.1, great if you like baseball! The flower ladies had once more come together on the morning of the 16th and decorated the church beautifully. Each arrangement set off with a red candle in it’s centre awaiting the day to be lit. On the morning of the 18th was the Crib Service, families coming together, some dressed rather differently! The script this year was written by Charlie Palmer, we all awaited with baited breath! Especially when we thought Mary was going to be played by Charlie dressed up, as that was the name on the script, wrong Charlie! Baby Jesus, Nick and Charlie’s baby daughter, Araminta, was beautifully behaved and won the hearts of all. Brilliant service, casting great, especially the very Gaelic King Herod with the amazing accent, well done Jamie.
Many children got the village hall buzzing with excitement for the Children’s Christmas Party. A wonderful time was had by all, well done Shona and friends for all the organization.
Christmas lunch for the over 60’s on the 19th was a tremendous occasion and one that was thoroughly enjoyed by all who were able to attend. The village hall looked beautiful with it’s many decorations and greenery, the tables looked fabulous too. Even all the cooks and helpers felt the same, thank you to all, especially Rachel for making it such a success for the second year. I must just say all the food was excellent, however, a special thank you has to go to Sue Carter for the most succulent and delicious turkey crowns, which Sue had cooked and donated for the Christmas Lunch. Also the Christmas puddings were exceedingly good. Thank you to Paul and Marilyn for the music and songs/carols which everyone joined in with so well. The very happy faces that left late afternoon said it all.
Singers and Ukulele players joined Rev. Julia at Oak Lodge for the Christmas Service on the afternoon of the 22nd. Wonderful to see the room so very full with lots of family and friends that were able to join loved ones. A very jolly time was had by all. The evening saw our beautiful little church lit up and full for the Carol Service, which was wonderful in every way, followed by mulled wine and nibbles in the village hall. The choir went on to enjoy a bring and share supper hosted by Paul and Marilyn, which rounded off the day superbly. A lovely evening, thank you.
Thank you so much Simon and Lisa for hosting the village Christmas Eve drinks which definitely put everybody in the Christmas spirit, excellent evening.
Christmas morning saw St. Nicholas’ church bursting at the seams for this very special and joyous service. Wonderful.
It is now onto Steventon’s Pride and Prejudice!!!! Rehearsals, panic! It will be all right on the night !!
2016/2017 has been a very sad time for some. All our thoughts, prayers and the love of family and friends will be with them always.