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On 29 November, pupils, staff and parents welcomed in the season of Advent at Great Wishford Primary school with their annual Posada service.  The the first Advent candle was lit and a number of Josephs and Marys were seen off on their journeys.

 Each day up until the end of term, two or three pupils from all the classes will take figures of Mary and Joseph home.  And another pair started its journey around the village of South Newton, turning up we hope safe and sound on Christmas Eve at St Andrew's church Crib service.  

Matilda read from Luke and Charlie read the beautiful prayer written by Osprey class - both delivered clearly and with confidence. The House Captains led a response prayer and the whole school sang Advent songs with immense enthusiasm.   

A fitting start to a time of reflection and preparation for the birth of Christ.

           Yvonne Allen


South Newton and Wishford Village hall was bursting at the seams as a record number of over 80 villagers (and ‘foreigners’ from over the river!) came together for the Oak Apple annual Christmas supper.  

As friends and families put their heads together over the quiz and fetched their drinks from the bar, a very hard-working group in the kitchen was putting the final touches to a sumptuous beef casserole (from Berwick Farm Shop), with new potatoes carrots and peas, festive desserts, cheese and biscuits.  As well as the raffle and bar, there was the ‘play wot Ruth wrote’, in which Sherlock Holmes avoided being murdered by an avenging Moriarty and Wishford lost a vicar.  As Ruth steps down from her role as Chair of the Oak Apple Committee, we ask whether that will be the last of her village-life-inspired plays……  Tom, taking over from her as Chair, thanked her for her many years of support and leadership.  

The evening ended with enthusiastic and energetic (did they really get up onto their chairs?!) carol-singing, rousingly accompanied by Sophie playing on the keyboard.  Everyone pitched in to help clear away and the washing-up was done in record time.  It was an uplifting and heart-warming community event.


In the days leading up to Christmas, Great Wishford resounded with the voices of the young and not so young, singing joyfully of hope and the coming of Christ.  

St Giles’ church welcomed the school for both its KS2 Christmas performance and end of term service of reflection, and held its annual Service of Seven Lessons and Carols, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.  

The Royal Oak hosted carol-singing and shared mini pastries and mince pies with parents, children and teachers from the school; villagers sang carols around the village, ending with a warming drink and nibbles at Anna and Richard’s house.  

And the Christmas Eve Crib and Christmas Day Eucharist services were still to come…..  

Hark, Great Wishford sings!

           Yvonne Allen


Our fifth Christmas Café exceeded all hopes and expectations.  It was still in term time so large numbers of parents and children joined our regulars to share the festive fare and mulled wine.  We are extremely grateful to our band of gifted bakers who had baked a large selection of wonderfully tasty and creative cakes, enabling us to be generous with portions and seconds, matched by the generosity of the donations given in return.  

And speaking of generosity, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the profusion of raffle prizes - so very kind of you all.  That afternoon of conviviality, cake and Christmas spirit resulted in a fantastic boost to the church fund of £140 in donations, plus a further £97 from the raffle.  Well done and many thanks to all involved in the preparations, baking, helping on the day and to those who came to support us - a real community effort!

           Yvonne Allen