Tuesday, 17 December 2013
We have already sung at three carol services, the first at the above church last Sunday morning, and it made us feel quite 'Christmassy'. The service started with a team of handbell ringers, which I always enjoy. I don't know why it is that this form of music is so charming. It's very simple music, and very restful. A small visiting choir (most of whom we know quite well) sung on their own several times during the service, but when the congregation and the choir sang the service came to life. The church, which as you can see is only a small one, was quite full, and the accoustics were good. We drove home, having been served sherry and mince pies, and feeling that the Christmas season was well begun. The above Church is about a mile and a half out of Highdale, and we have been attending services there this last few weeks.
The second Carol service was held this morning in the above building - the Row Chapel. It was build in the 1400s to serve the long row of Alms Houses behind it. The Alms houses have been rebuilt - notably in the 1870s, and the Row Chapel has been restored and repaired at various times, but remains basically the same.
The below photo shows the back view of the Row Chapel.
And the below photo shows the interior of the Chapel.
It was crowded for this morning's Carol Service. I would think that quite fifty people were packed in, all lustily singing seasonal songs, after which we were served mulled wine and mince pies.
The third Carol Service I mentioned was held this afternoon in one of our 'Care Homes for the elderly', who appeared to appreciate it. We were served cups of tea half way through.
I am going to have to cut this short because we have sprung a leak. I don't mean that either Ann or I have sprung a leak. But the roof has - and it's raining. We've got a bloke coming to look at it, but it won't be for a day or so. In the meantime we are rushing about moving books. Thank The Lord I'm now officially allowed to lift and carry things.
Oh yes, and.....................................................God rest ye Merry Gentlefolk.