First proper snow in Chelmorton - Saturday Dec 14th
First proper snow for Chelmorton, eleven hundred feet above sea level Saturday Dec 14th . Boris in the north with new train timetables as Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse become the 17th champions of Strictly Come Dancing.
The Saturday morning snow matched with sunshine for a perfect day amongst the puddles of previous weeks' rain. Chelmorton was in full festive swing, much of Main Street glittered with festive lights on the Saturday evening of the first snow weekend.
Sunday morning was a double church carol service. First at three PM in St John's Chelmorton with a theme of angels and rich in children singing ‘Away in a manger’ and then at six thirty for St Leonard's at Monyash opening with ‘Ding dong merrily on high’. Dinner at the Bulls Head and back to the Church Inn Chelmorton for mulled wine on the Christmas carols Sunday of December 15th
Christmas Carols at Chelmorton, Main Street and Monyash Sunday Dec 15th
St John's Chelmorton Carol Service Sunday 15th – Children’s best ‘Away in a manger’ in many a long year. Hollinsclough silver band in full wind with the advent candle alight in a theme of angels for a full church starting with ‘Once in royal David’s City. A theme of Iona with poems between the readings. Children to line of the church to carry the new animals, shepherds, donkey and king to the manger.
David Race taking the service remarked on the finest children’s rendition, ‘Away in a manger’ in many a long year. The church dressed in angels and sweet to the smell of warm mulled wine for the congregation before a wintery walk back down Main Street.
In tradition of Carols it was time for tea before a quick dash to Monyash for a second local carol service.
Like buses, two at a time, first St Johns Chelmorton and then St Leonards Monyash for a six pm special, Christmas lights twinkling around the Bulls Head for a festive carol service in Monyash. ‘Ding dong merrily on high to start.’ Music by the computer machine was spot-on for each carol separated by traditional readings. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Christmas prayer, ‘Hark the herald angel' finish before mince pies and refreshments.
Hollinsclough Silver Band in St Johns Church, Main Street Chelmorton for Christmas carols Dec 15th
St Leonards Monyash Sunday Dec 15th