The Provincial Family Carol Service

The 2017 Annual Provincial Carol Service was once again held this year at All Saints Church, Woodham, Woking.

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The village of Woodham, adjacent to New Haw and Addlestone, has a long history, being mentioned in the Charter of Chertsey Abbey in 933, as having been part of the lands given to the Abbey by the Saxon Prince Frithwald. The church, however, is relatively modern and about three miles away from the original hamlet, on the edge of Horsell Common. It was built in 1894 when the then squire, Mr. Stevens, was dissatisfied with the churches in Woking, wanting something more anglo-catholic. There is nothing known to have been there previously except the common.

The service was led by the Vicar, Reverend Iain Forbes. Many Companions, their families and friends had a most enjoyable time singing many traditional carols and listening to the Provincial Choir under the direction of Richard Baker and Robert Soper.

The readings were delivered by Jasmine Neill; Ian Chandler, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent; Richard Wileman, Deputy Provincial Grand Master; Scott Lawrence, a member of the Foundation Club; Richard Baker, of the Provincial Choir; Alan Bayliss, Deputy Grand Superintendent; Mrs Su Campion, Provincial Office Manager; Rod Culbertson, Provincial Grand Chaplain; and the Reverend Iain Forbes.

Afterwards the Companions and their families enjoyed mince pies, cake, tea and coffee in the church hall with the Vicar and his team.

Article and photos by Chris Eley


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