Christmas, council and entertainment
Christingle and toy service - The annual Christingle Service for the Wragby Group of Parishes will replace the monthly Family Service in December and will be held in All Saints Church on Sunday December 3 at the later time of 3pm.
Everyone is welcome to join the congregation at this special service to begin the Christmas Season, when every child will receive a Christingle - made from an orange dried fruit, nuts and sweets, with a candle in the middle.
When the candles are lit, the lights will be dimmed and everyone will be invited to join the procession round the church as they sing.
The service is held in support of the work of the Children’s Society and those who wish can take along a toy or present for a child, wrapped if possible and labelled as being suitable for a boy or girl and approximate age group.
These will be donated to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.
Parish council - The next meeting will be held in the town hall on Monday December 4.
A 15-minute open session will be held at 7.15pm, to give members of the public an opportunity to raise matters of interest or concern.
Variety show - Now a popular seasonal addition to the town hall calendar, the Pre-Christmas Variety Show provides an opportunity for local talent to take to the stage and entertain.
This year’s show will be held this Saturday, December 2 starting at 7.30pm, and everyone is welcome to join the audience.
Tree switch on - The lights on the Market Place Christmas Tree will be switched on this Sunday, December 3.
At 4.15pm, following the Christingle and Toy Service at All Saints Church, everyone is invited to gather round the tree for the switch-on, followed by carol singing.
The tree is provided through the parish council and, weather permitting, will stay there until after December 31, when it becomes the focal point for the community once more as revellers gather around it at the stroke of midnight to celebrate and welcome the start of another new year.
Gardeners - Willow Work was on the programme for the good attendance of members present at the monthly meeting of the Community Gardeners Club in the town hall.
Alison Walling, who grows willow locally, gave a very informative talk on the different types and their uses.
She encouraged members to grow them too and in her own words ‘she is keen to see species, once cultivated widely in the county, growing again, whether for coppicing as a resource for amenities, for the benefit of wildlife, or for one of the other very good reasons for growing willow’.
Alison had taken along some items she had made using willow, including a pheasant, a stag’s head and a very large pig, which were all much admired by her audience.
She gave information on the many day courses she runs when apparently a pheasant can be made in a day.
Details can be found at lincolnshirewillow.co.uk .
The next meeting, on December 12 will be the Christmas Social Evening, to end a further very successful year.