Twelfth night may have past, and Christmas may firmly be behind us, but the New Year is a time for reflection. Reflection on the happy moments of the festive season, and one of the community’s December highlights was certainly the Mayor of Elmbridge’s Community Carols, held at St. Christopher’s Church in Hinchley Wood.

On a chilly December afternoon, the residents and friends of Hinchley Wood were joined by a few special guests to sing carols and hear readings in St. Christopher’s Church. First was a hearty rendition of O Come all Ye Faithful, accompanied by the Church choir. A member of the Guides and Scouts associations both recited iconic passages from the Gospels, as well as a reading from the Church Youth Group.

A highlight of the service was The Twelve Days of Christmas – A Correspondence, written by John Julius Norwhich and read by Charlotte Pepperel and Neville Thurlbeck, in which the poor girl receiving partridges, pear trees, milking maids and all makes a response to her “true love”. Highly entertaining!

As well as members from the local community groups, some special guests and friends of Janet Turner, Mayor of Elmbridge came to be a part of the service. The Chairmen and Chairmaness of the Mole Valley District Council, Councillor David and Slyvia Sharland had front row seats, next to the Mayor of the Bourough of Reigate and Banstead, Councillor Rodger Newstead.

After the service, we gathered in St. Christopher’s Church hall for mince pies and mulled wine – a wonderful gift from the Mayor!

The congregation gathered and chatted, a real chance to catch up during the busy Advent Period - and St. Christopher's have promised the same service next year - it will be here before we know it!