Looking good: All Hallows has been having a lot of work carried out on the lighting system, which is now nearing completion. This has been inconvenient for the congregation and hard work clearing away on the Sunday and replacing items on a Saturday. The end looks as if it is sight and at a recent 8am service all eyes were directed to the ceiling, which can now be seen and is wonderful. So cast your eyes upwards and enjoy the experience. It was the Rev Richard Wiggen’s ‘swan song’ on December 8, and his ministry has been enjoyed during the interregnum. The Christmas Tree, which has been kindly given by Rod Brown, will be erected by the men of the church and admired by all.
Lovely afternoon: I had the task of being chauffeur to Bill Ratcliffe, who was the speaker at East Keswick WI Christmas Party. The room was set out café style with Christmas arrangements and crackers. Betty Pattinson, president, welcomed members and led a short business meeting reminding members of forthcoming events including the Seniors Lunch on January 17. Bill then gave an illuminating and interesting talk on the Life of Stanley Holloway. Various monologues were enjoyed including Albert and the Lion, Yorkshire Puddings and Sam Pick up your Musket. These were interspersed with music and members enjoyed the memories. Afternoon tea was provided and served by the committee and each member received a Christmas parcel. Betty wished everyone a Merry Christmas and another friendly meeting came to an end.
Advice from the Police: we are reliably informed that burglaries increase when it gets dark and at the moment the light disappears about 4pm. Here are a few safety tips. Keep doors and windows locked at all times. Set burglar alarm when you go to bed or go out. Never leave keys in the door or leave valuables on display. Use timer switches on lights to illuminate homes. Lock away garden tools or furniture. Keep your eyes open for suspicious happenings and ring 0113 2855374 if you have anything worrying you. Keep safe.
Collingham Retired Men’s Forum: this forum meets weekly over the winter months on a Tuesday morning for the entertainment, social contact and sometimes education of its members. Speakers are invited to talk for an hour after the members have had coffee and biscuits. During the ‘year’, visits and lunches are organised to which wives and partners are invited. Members are not only Collingham based; in fact quite a few live in Bardsey and East Keswick. As with most organisations, new members are always welcome, and with a entry fee of £2, the cost in not prohibitive. For further information please contact Doug Pattinson on 01937 572972.
Christmas Services in All Hallows: on Christmas Eve the Crib Service will take place at 5pm. This is always a lovely time for the children. At 11.30pm Christmas Night Communion. On Christmas Day at 10.30am a Family Communion will be held. All these services will be led by our new Vicar the Rev Clive Sedgewick. Let us remember the true meaning of Christmas and enjoy this special time together.