Our Christmas Carols in association with Uneek Ibiza at the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul in Godalming, certainly had a unique feel about it! Bing may have been dreaming of a white Christmas but on the morning of our carol service when much of the UK woke up to a snow scene, our hearts sank. When news reached us that one of our readers and two of our mince pie bakers had been snowed in and weren’t able to make it, we wondered whether that was going to set the tone for the day. However, there was nothing going to stop our shetties, Thelma and Mr. Smith – they were raring to go followed by their personal pooper-scooper!!!
Thankfully it didn’t. Although we did lose quite a few of our supporters on the night due to the treacherous weather conditions, many more were able to battle through the wind and snow to reach us. Vicar Jane welcomed everyone to the Church and introduced Jenny, who then played a short video from one of our patron’s Martin Shaw, who was another casualty of the weather and couldn’t make it.
The lovely Emily Price from St. Hilary’s started the singing with Once In Royal David’s City and our little stars, shetties, made us proud as they confidently walked down the aisle in front of an expectant congregation. Click to see them
From then on, they were entertained by readings from Sara Crowe, Thomasin Rand and Philip Cumbus along with lovely singing from Damien Edwards, St. Hilary’s School Senior Choir including a duet from 2 of the girls singing an arrangement by one of the parents all along with the beautiful voice of Eyra Norman. It was a fabulous evening’s entertainment.
Afterwards, all who could make it retired to the Octagon room where they were treated to mulled wine, mince pies and for the more abstemious visitors, tea & coffee all served up by the great Mane Chance volunteers. Lots of Mane Chance merchandise was on sale and in true Sanctuary spirit, Angel and Radley were in attendance to do their usual meet and greet routines.
A huge thank you to everyone who made the evening possible. To the wonderful performers – some of whom travelled hundreds of miles to be with us, to the St Hilary’s School Senior Choir who were magnificent, to our staff and volunteers, to everyone at the Church, and to Uneek Ibiza for supporting our event. It was truly a magical evening.