The Holy Communion service on Sunday 9th December led by the Rev David Greenwood, who later led the evening section give service. The section’s four churches came together to bring gifts which were donated to the Salvation Army for distribution. Enid Marsh played the organ for both the day’s services. On Tuesday, the Fellowship group joined Southwell’s Live at Home group for a carol and coffee morning at the church. The meeting was led by Wendy Ince. Christmas week services saw the morning service on Sunday led by Colin Baird and the evening carol service by the Rev David Greenwood, with assistance from members of the congregation. Sunday week’s morning service was led by John Adamson.
The group meeting was at the Methodist church with the Live at Home carols and coffee morning.
The club’s next meeting is on Friday at the Village centre when members and friends will be having a New Year Party with entertainment from St Michael’s School and the preschool. There is an early start at 1pm.
Farewell to Ken Waterfield by members of the Farnsfield & District Branch of the Royal British Legion joined friends and relatives at the Sherwood Forest Cremation at Ollerton just before Christmas to say farewell to Kenneth Waterfield (82) of Abbott Crescent, Farnsfield, a long-standing member of the branch and a previous standard bearer. The service was conducted by Rev Peter Graves, who told the mourners that Ken was born at Sutton, the youngest of three children. He worked at Silverhill and Bentinck Collieries and, in his spare time, played drums in the local dance band and taught dancing, especially jitterbugging and jiving. In 1950, Ken was called up for National Service and then signed on for two more years as a regular soldier in the Royal Signals as a despatch rider. He was particularly proud to have been a member of the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team. When he was demobbed in 1954, he returned to Nottinghamshire living in Bilsthorpe and working as a lorry driver and then as under-manager for John Eastwood.
He married his wife Val in 1967 and finally retired in 1995 when he took on a number of part time jobs, including a community project where he helped young offenders to come to terms with the challenges of life and to build their self-respect.
Christmas was celebrated with a ‘Faith Supper’ and wine and soft drinks. Donations of non-perishable food items were given for The Salvation Army and toiletries for the Ashfield Women’s Refuge. The business of the evening was kept as short as possible. After everyone had eaten their fill and had their glasses refilled they were entertained by Jennie Holmes and Margaret Fraser, who read some seasonal monologues. They then entertained by singing, (with help from a song sheet), Christmas songs and carols. At the end of the evening they all had an individual Christmas cake made by Pam Smith. The cakes had been arranged in a tree shape as a display before they were eaten. The WI meet informally in January and its first meeting of 2013 is on February 7th at 2 30pm with a talk called ‘From Rocks to Riches’.