On Friday December 16th, villagers gathered to admire the Christmas Tree shining out as usual from the churchyard before gathering in Colin and Claire’s barn behind the Old Rectory for the traditional carol service. Not our usual venue – the church being currently shut – but a lovely one as it turned out. The barn had been decorated with eucalyptus branches (thank you, Lawrence!) and with a bit of imagination looked almost like a stable. Mark produced excellent accompaniment on the little keyboard, while Trish led a simple but moving carol service. After the singing, we enjoyed mulled wine, mince pies and chat. Many thanks to Colin and Claire, to all who helped decorate the barn and to those who provided mince pies. Thanks also to Derek Goult and Lawrence Joiner for the Christmas Tree. Go to the Gallery for pictures.
The archaeological investigation has been completed and shows that nothing of historic significance will be disturbed by the planned works. The purpose of excavating below the pew platforms was to establish that no burials or significant archaeology would be disturbed by the insertion of underfloor heating pipes which (with insulation) need a depth of one foot below floor-level. None were anticipated in that upper layer and none were found. The Diocesan Archaeological Advisor inspected on December 12th and gave the go-ahead for building work to start inside the church. Excavations in the nave revealed what are thought to be parts of the medieval walls of the early church. All findings have been carefully recorded and a summary of the archaeologist’s report can be found by clicking here. You’ll also find lots of photos in the Gallery, so you can see the work that has been done. Thanks to Ken Wood, Ali Taylor and Mike Thomas for the photos.
The church and churchyard are now classified as a “building site” and, for health and safety reasons, will be shut to the public until the works are complete.
Littlehempston has had a Villagers’ Night for many years at the Tally Ho and there were fears that this year the tradition would be broken, due to the pub being currently closed. However, thanks to Lawrence Joiner, who kindly sorted out an alternative venue at the Pig and Whistle, the supper went ahead on Wednesday December 14th. Everyone was too full of turkey and pud to play games afterwards – quite right too!