Monday, 28 December 2009

Full house for ever popular carol service

Candlelit service on Christmas Eve
Over 400 villagers and friends gathered at All Saints Church, Old Buckenham, for the Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols. The service was led by the Revd Alistair Monkhouse and there were readings given by members of village organisations and other churches. Danni Haylett sang the "Once in Royal" solo and pupils from Old Buckenham Primary School read a Christmas story. The choir from the High School sang the Angels' Carol by John Rutter and Howard Marshall sang a Yorkshire folk carol. Instrumental Christmas music was provided by Annette Winters, accompanied by the organist, Tom Hilton. The Cubs and Beavers sang "We wish you a Happy Christmas".
Prayers were led by Francis Darrah and the Christmas message was delivered by the Revd David Hill, Rector of the Quidenham Benefice, who also sang the first verse of "O come all ye Faithful" as a solo. The offertory of £551 was given for the work of St Martin's Housing Trust (Norwich Night Shelter).

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