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Ashwell at Christmas 2007

As part of 'Ashwell at Christmas' St Mary's Church, not only has a gift stall and other attractions of its own, but also offers a venue for craftspeople to exhibit and sell their goods. All of the stallholders are local people and most advertise regularly in Ashwell News ; we see their advertisements but often do not have an opportunity to see their products. This year we were delighted to welcome a wonderful variety of craftspeople to exhibit their skills in basketwork, painting, photography, candles, ceramics, jewellery, hats, cards, decorated tiles, puddings and cakes, honey, mincemeat, shortbread and alpaca wool products. The Church gift stall was groaning with gifts; wine was gently mulling, its delicious aroma pervading the Church while the cake and preserve stall looked oh so tempting! All was ready at 9.30am but the weather was miserable. Would anyone come?

We need not have worried. Ashwell folk and visitors came in their hundreds; the church buzzed with chatter and laughter. People browsed at the bookstall, admired exquisite embroidery, tried their luck at the tombola and bran tub and guessed the weight of the cake and the number of Smarties-in-a-container. Ashwell-grown walnuts and mistletoe sold out in no time. The Quiz was available for those who wanted to test their general knowledge and the Church choir entertained us with their beautiful carol singing. By way of a bonus, Jane Shann and her friends joined the choir and invited all of us to join them in 'signing' Silent Night. A truly memorable occasion.

A joyful event like 'Ashwell at Christmas' which brings together our community is of great value. Many people made this possible and to all of them a big 'thank you'.