Bude WI welcomes group from Granville for Christmas carol service

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BUDE WI had the pleasure of hosting the Grenville – Bude, Marhamchurch and Morwenstow – Christmas Carol Service group on December 9, at Bude Methodist Church.

Deacon Debbie Marsh led the service and members, their friends and family sang a variety of traditional Christmas carols in good voices accompanied by David Robinson on the organ. The theme of the service was ‘Joy’ and included two short humorous scenes, ‘Mary and the Angel’, performed by Penny Hazeldine and Valerie Wonnacott of Marhamchurch WI and the ‘Three Gossips’, broadcasting the Christmas news performed by Carol Sparham, Heather Stephenson and Eileen Harris from Bude WI.

Cynthia May of Bude WI read Pam Ayers’ poem, “Goodwill to Men – Give Us Your Money”.

The service ended with a lively rendition of “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”, after which everyone enjoyed afternoon tea. Instead of a fundraiser, the congregation was asked to bring a small treat. The collection of tasty treats and Christmas items filled five basket boxes which are being distributed to the local hospital and shelters in thanks to the staff who worked so hard during the COVID outbreak.

Bude WI held its December meeting at the Bude Methodist Church on Tuesday, December 14. , the president welcomed 52 members in the parish hall. Members were asked to wear masks and the group did not sing “Jerusalem”.

The President then paid tribute to longtime member Irene Wildman, whose death was recently announced. Irene was looking forward to celebrating her 50th birthday with the Bude and Stratton WI in 2022, but it wasn’t. Condolences were extended to Bob, David and the entire Wildman family. The group observed a minute of silence.

Details on recently hosted special events including lunch at Trencreek were given and information on many upcoming events including lunch at Widemouth Manor, Indian Day of Color and trip to English Spirit Company, a Launceston-based distillery. The group then moved into the main church where they were entertained by Base Line Singers led by Andrew Pitt, accompanied on piano by Hilary Truss Daniel and his musical ensemble.

The raffle was very well supported and raised £ 153.20 which will be donated to first responders at Bude, Bude WI’s Charity of the Year,

The evening ended with the President’s wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

The January meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 11, when the guest speaker will be local lady Clair Roberts, who will explain how housewives handled rationing during and after WWI. As usual, visitors are welcome.

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