All Saints’ Church News:
By the time you read thus, most of the festivities will be over, presents opened and waistlines will be bearing witness to our land of plenty, in contrast to the circumstances of Jesus' humble origins. There has been much for us to enjoy in Saxtead: firstly our coffee morning kindly hosted by Christina Darell Brown; a delicious village lunch courtesy of Nick and Ruth, then some joyful and even melodious carols in the pub, each event being really well attended. Finally the iconic Christmas Eve service which marks for many of us the start of a great family and religious festival. January can, be quite flat, so we look forward , as George Cullingford stressed during his vote of thanks for our Christmas lunch at The Old Mill House. We have the summer fete to prepare and enjoy, followed by the Animal Service in George's garden- where all creatures, from guinea pigs to donkeys, are welcome. A bonus this year will be the weekend festival on 21st/22nd September celebrating the many skills and talents of our residents. There will be demonstrations and displays taking place in venues across the village, especially around the church.Events should include a village meal ,tug of war and quiz, ending with a concert in the church showcasing our talented young people and others. Mark Sanders explains that the principal aim is to bring the village together to raise money for restoring parts of the Church and making it more useful as a community building, providing water and other facilities.