St Nicholastide Celebrations 2017

Our star wardrobe mistress, Eva,  and her assistant Emily, got the week off to a noteworthy start with a publicity article about the nativity play and a display of the costumes which Eva had made. Where would we be without her sewing skills. Maybe we should contact the BBC about our  “sewing bee.”

Exercise class on the Monday was well attended and there was plenty of festive cheer as the ladies worked to get trim for the festive season.

Christmas trees prepared by all our groups are on display throughout the week. Feel free to come into church anytime and see them.

 

 

Tuesday took a more sedate approach with our Friendship tea group enjoying their usual board game and domino session whilst singing along to a few Christmas carols.

Wednesday, the big day for our uniformed groups. The nativity story with our special guests the real donkeys.  A wonderful performance by all the children with and all produced  by Vinay our 16 year old student director. The many weeks of rehearsals certainly paid off on the night. The costumes all made by our senior wardrobe mistress were just right. But the stars of the show were the very well behaved real donkeys at least until they make their exit leaving Fr Robert holding the shovel!

 

 

Donkeys ready and waiting to take Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.

Thursday evening we welcomed the 2387 Pudsey Air Cadets with their band. Some of the cadets gave testimonials about their experiences since joining cadets confirming the difference it had made to their lives. The band played, other played and sang solos and the audience all joined in with a selection of carols played by the band and led by the cadets. The evening finished with pie and pea or vegetable curry supper. An enjoyable evening was had by all and we would like to thank the cadets for taking the time to come along and join in our St Nicholas celebrations.

Friday evening , bitterly cold but a few of our hardy singers went around the parish singing carols, taking the message of Christmas to the local community.

Saturday, the day of the Grand Fayre and here is Dennis with his buskers organ, playing carols to welcome the visitors.

The fayre opened with the wonderful smell of bacon sandwiches emerging from the kitchen and piping hot coffee to welcome everyone .

Stalls selling lots of Christmas novelties , raffles , games and tombola kept everyone entertained. Linda, the face painter was working her Magic in the meeting room when who should appear to join her but St Nicholas himself!

All ready to meet his young visitors.

Despite the weather, everyone was in festive spirit and there was a steady flow of visitors throughout the morning.

The St Nicholastide week concluded with the Christingle  on Sunday with a performance by the Open the Book Team.

Younger members of the congregation read the lessons and all joined in with traditional carols.

A splendid end to a very busy but rewarding week.

The 2022 Committee would like to thank everyone for their hard work during the St Nicholastide Festival and hope to see you all at our next event.