ON the Friday before Christmas, Carols for All took place in Callow End Village Hall.

The free event was attended by many people from Callow End and Powick to join in more than 14 carols and Christmas songs.

John Willis acted as compere and the evening included a poem by Pam Ayres read by Sue Cassidy and a story told by Peggy Wilkinson.

Derek Carter accompanied the singing on keyboard and Powick Handbell Ringers gave a Christmas medley.

The handbells’ team were Sally and Roger Gurney, Kris Quatermass, Samuel and Richard Hicks, David Allen and Kay Shuard, with Margaret Allen conducting.

Mulled wine and mince pies were provided by the hall committee and the proceeds of the raffle raised £135 for Age UK.

The crib service held at St James’ on Christmas Eve was well attended by children and parents.

The story of the Nativity was told from the eyes of the innkeeper (Robert Floyd) and children dressed as characters from the story took part while others brought up the figures for the crib. Carols were sung, and the story was narrated by Meg Allsopp.

MEG ALLSOPP 01905 830746