A packed church ensured that full justice was done to the carols in this service of seven lessons and carols.
The church had been transformed by a hard-working team into a glowing place of welcome. The only electric light came from the twinkling Christmas tree lights, which were put in the shade by scores of candles placed around the church.
The children who read did so with great confidence and the soloist, who had come all the way from Britford, sang beautifully and with considerable control.
At the end of the service, mulled wine and mince pies were brought round to everyone in their pews. The evening made a very enjoyable and fitting start to Christmas.