News from Smeeton Westerby

Christmas tree

Smeeton Westerby’s Christmas celebrations started with a bang with our very successful Christmas Fayre. The hall looked really festive. Santa had arrived and was waiting patiently in his grotto. The stall holders had done a wonderful job setting up and displaying their goods and so all that were needed were customers! Knowing that there were other much bigger fêtes on, we opened our doors with some trepidation. However, to our great joy, so many people started arriving.

It was lovely to see parents being dragged by their children to see Father Christmas or to try their luck on the Teddy Tombola. The mulled wine and other refreshments went down really well as did the raffle and tombola. There was also the beautiful glass fusing by Beverley, delicious jams and chutneys etc. made by Liz, craft stalls by the very talented Monica, Janice and Merle, Tropic Skincare with consultant Susie and lots of delicious cakes for sale donated by members of the village. For the first time in a long time, instead of donating our profit to charity, the money raised this year will go towards the repair of a rather annoying leak in the roof!

So now to our next events!

On Friday 16 December we are holding our ‘Carrot’ service! This was originally our walking nativity, but last year was renamed. Instead of parading around the village singing carols, we all met up at Springfield Farm to sing in a stable amongst the animals.

Next comes our annual Carol Service in Christ Church on Sunday 18 December at 6.30pm. This is the traditional service of ‘Seven Lessons and Carols’ and will be accompanied by The Kibworth Band. Refreshments will be served at the end.

And finally on Christmas Eve, we are holding our Crib Service at 4pm in Christ Church. This is always so popular as the children are invited to dress up and help perform the Christmas Story. We warmly invite you to any of our services and events and look forward to seeing you there. We would also like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Janet Gilbert