The Friends held their annual carols around the Xmas tree on Wednesday 5th December. In spite of rain in the afternoon in was dry before the carols. This year we were unable you use the yard for our ‘meet and greet’ due to the works for the new kiosk but we managed very well outside and were pleased to see we had a real tree again.
Unfortunately, the Xmas tree lights were not working during our actually singing though they were on by the time the party was over! Many thanks to Sainsbury’s for the mulled wine and mince pies which put us all in the right mood for singing!
Thanks also to Phil Robinson, from Streatham Baptist Church, who opened and closed the carol singing. He has been supporting this event for years and we were sad to say goodbye as he is moving on at the end of January 2019, to a new position in Leicester. He has a fine singing voice which we shall also miss! Elizabeth Shearcroft, the vicar from Immanuel church, joined us as usual, but was out of voice due to a bad cold but we’re hoping she will be back at the helm next year.
Once again, we held our Xmas party at The Bull. We’re very grateful to the Bull for continuing to support us by giving us good terms for our party. Excellent food, drink and service.
We were joined this year by the Sing out Streatham choir, who sang some wonderful specialist numbers and led the rest of us in more traditional carols. Many thanks to Xenia, choir leader, for her flexibility and enthusiasm!
Thanks in particular to Anthony Gold solicitors who have been sponsoring this event for many years now. Without their generous financial contribution and the Fortnum and Mason’s hamper for our raffle, we would not be able to offer the party as a free event for our members.
All in all, another great evening!
[With Thanks to FoSC member, Jane Peake for review]