I love Christmas. Just imagine how long the winter would seem without Christmas in the middle of it. I love the festivities, the crazy lights people put up on their houses, even the really over the top ones, the busy shops, mulled wine and log fires (you can keep the mince pies though – sorry if you are a mince pie lover). Sure, it all goes a bit too much at times, and can become far too commercial, and so much pressure put on us all. I especially feel for those who are alone, who have no family, who have gone through loss, who are missing their loved ones. These things are all highlighted so much at this time of the year.
The annual "Living with Loss" service was held at All Saints Church on Sunday 20th of November 2016 - 4pm
Poringland Not Yet Christmas Train Show 2016
Held Saturday November 19th
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All Saints Christmas Lunch 2016
Saturday 10th December
For a fourth year we held a Christmas Lunch at Poringland Village Hall for those that would normally spend their Christmas Day alone.
This was attended by 35 people and were served by the Church congregation with a Christmas meal of turkey and all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding and Brandy cream.
The Community Singing WorkShop (AKA Can't Sing Won't Sing) entertained us with a selection of songs and this was followed by a communal singing of carols.
I have just returned from an appointment at the vets with Tilly, our rather aged Parson Jack Russell.
For a number of months she has experienced unexplained hair and weight loss and, following blood tests last month, we were told that she may have a problem with her liver which may possibly be a growth. We have been preparing ourselves for a deterioration in her condition and the ultimate loss of our dear and beloved friend.