Astbury Ladies Fellowship.

It was a cold and blustery evening for our Fellowship meeting in November. We had come to hear our church organist, Dr Sally Drage, tell us about the history of Christmas carols.
She began by outlining that our church organ had needed a great deal of repair, and thanked people who had donated a great deal of money over many months to repair it – well worth doing as it is a concert organ.
Originally, carols were a very old form of song which had a refrain, and would usually have been danced to. She played the ‘Coventry carol’ (loo-lee: loo-lay) of c1591 on her keyboard. She had researched a local composer, Uriah Davenport of Rushton Spencer, who had published a book of church music (c1770); and taught us to sing an ancient song. We thanked her for her talk and for giving us a peep into an enormous subject.
The chairman gave out various notices: Sunday 2nd December will be Advent Sunday and there will be a service of lessons and carols at 6.30 pm. Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th December will be the Astbury Live Nativity: meet in church at 6.00 pm. On Sunday 23rd December there will be a Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas, at 6.30 pm. There will be a Crib Service at 5.30 pm on Christmas Eve, with midnight Christmas communion starting at 11.30 pm. On Christmas Day there will be communion services at 8.00 and 11.00 am.
Mrs Norman reminded us to meet at 12.15 pm for the winter Luncheon at the Legs of Man on 16th January. Pamela Price showed us Christmas pudding covers she had knitted to hold a Ferrero Rocher chocolate, which she is selling for church funds and has already raised £60.
Mrs Goodwin reminded us that the next meeting will be on the second Wednesday, 12th December, in the Village Hall starting with the communion service at 7.00 pm. Please bring a plate of food towards the Christmas supper. Afterwards there will be a social time and we look forward to seeing you there.

Carole Goodwin.