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THE SHIRWELL MISSION COMMUNITY

A Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter

 

Arlington Christmas Tree Festival and Carol Service

 

With some trepidation given the lack of heating and leaking roof the decision made to combine the Festival with the Annual East Down with Arlington Carol Service worked well on Sunday December17 when despite the wet and windy conditions a large congregation filled most of the pew spaces not occupied by the31 decorated and sparkly  trees. 


The seven familiar readings read by residents of both villages were interspersed with 7 well known Carols accompanied by organist Odette Dunn with Ceridwen on the oboe.  Rev Rosie led the service assisted by Curate Martyn Tyrrell, which ended with the usual presentation of Christmas gifts to both organists Odette and Julia Friend with a gift to be taken to Rev Chris Tull who also officiates at East Down  and  Arlington.  Mince  pies and mulled wine were then served to all by Hazel Mather and helpers before husband and PCC Treasurer Edward, who had devised and organised the Festival, auctioned off the trees to complete the festivities, with the collection donated to the Freedom Centre for the homeless in Barnstaple.

 

Funds raised at the Festival will be used to help finance repairs to St James Church roof and rainwater goods expected to start in early 2018.