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A really big THANK YOU to Gwen for organising  our Christmas tree entry and congratulations and thanks to all those who helped with the handmade decorations. We were delighted to be placed 5th in the competition on this our first outing and really pleased with our prize which was £50. A huge thank you for all those who went along and voted for us. Watch this space for more events to support the allotment association in 2014.
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Memorial Oak Tree for Rodger Aves

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On a very blustery afternoon on Sunday 15th December the Friends of Boyland Common and many more gathered together in remembrance of Rodger Aves. Pam Ross, Chairman of the Friends talked about Rodger and his contribution to the common.  Des Aves planted an oak tree which Pat and John Webster had grown from an acorn.  A plaque in Rodger’s memory was placed beside it.  Pam and Ron Ross produced some wine and everyone raised their  glasses in a toast to Rodger Aves and the future of Boyland Common.

Bressingham School Christmas Fair
Bressingham School Christmas Fair was held on Saturday 7th December, it was great to see so many people supporting us, thank you.  There was lots of lovely stalls and delicious refreshments and throughout the day Father Christmas joined us!  We are still in the process of counting the money and we will be announcing the final profit figure very soon.  All proceeds go to the Friends Association of Bressingham Primary School (FABS) who supports the school financially with curriculum days and trips for the pupils throughout the year.

The Jumble Sale organised for the church roof fund by Michelle Lanchester was a great success and raised £200. As well as sending a huge thanks to her I would also like to thank her children Levi and Bailee, Pam Dowling, her father Ron and son Andrew, plus Kelly, Tammy, Stella and Blanche for all there hard work both before and on the day. Thanks also go to everyone who gave things and bought on the day.


On Thursday evening, 19 December, St. Andrew's, Fersfield, was packed (including the additional seating) for the Annual Carol Service.  Richard Hewitt led the service at which the Revd. John Pares gave the prayers and blessing.  Organist was Jean Collins, assisted by Penny Sheppard.  Members of Discord swelled the singing from the choir stalls - all the singing was enjoyable and heartily sung: a special item was the full rendition of 'When a Child is Born' by Discord and the congregation.  Readings were superbly given by members of all sections of the community. After the service, members of the PCC and their friends served mulled wine, tea/coffee and mince pies.  Huge thanks to everyone for this enjoyable and looked-forward-to event: special thanks too, to the two Jans, Pam and Krys.

The main collection was for 'Shelter', and a plate was available for donations to St. Andrew's Heating Fund (at present, the church is warmed before services thanks to John O's excellent space heater.)  Both were generously supported (Shelter' £166.50 - St. Andrew's Heating Fund £184) - huge thanks to all who gave.
Photo by Liz Handy
What a Shocker! by Jessica Meek

To think our tiny village can pack the beautiful St Andrews Church of Fersfield right to the rafters with this year's carol service. So many people came to sing and enjoy the very start of Christmas that a few couldn't even get a pew! Panic not, seats were found and placed at the back so everyone had a place. To set the scene the magic fairies had arrived a couple of days previously to make the church all Christmasy. The elves had left us all mince pies, sandwiches (white with the crusts cut off, of course) and hot mulled wine to enjoy together after the service! It was action packed with great participation from young and old. Sharing readings from the bible, poetry and Dischord joined us, adding that extra bit of sparkle.

All of this entertainment was broken up by the singing of good old Christmas carols without such, it wouldn't be a carol service ... would it? I have to admit to taking on my reading of a poem with vigour! I had two great helpers. My daughter who played Mary and my toddler son who played a shepherd. Unfortunately, he did not want to keep his oh so cute,(to me), shepherd's tea towel style hat on his head!! He was great nonetheless!

Photo by Jessica Meek
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