January News

Well what a hectic couple of months, lots to report but not a great deal of space.

The end of November saw the Village Hall well filled for our very first try at a Race Night. For those of you who could not make it you missed a really cracking evening full of laughter and good humour. We managed a total of 8 races the highlight being the last two where we auctioned off the horses with the winning owner walking away with a prize very generously sponsored by a local Company. The bidding was fast and furious with healthy competition between tables with one table getting rather carried away and managing to bid against itself!! All left with their prizes and wondering when the next one will be….well, Nov 2013 is looking good at the moment. We have two tables booked already.

In the run up to Christmas we put on a Messy Church in the Village Hall which was a chance for the young and not so young to gather. A lovely time as had by all and we had plenty of decorations for the church as a result.

The actual Christmas period saw the Church well filled with our Carol Christingle Service, helped considerably by an industrial heater borrowed for the day which meant that whilst it was not quite a case of T shirt and shorts the church had slightly less of an arctic feel than has been the case in the past. It was All Saints turn this year to host the Midnight Service and it was a real pleasure to welcome so many to see in Christmas Day.

So what for the future? When you read this we will have had our Annual Quiz and the great question who will win? Will the trophy have returned to Brockdish, or will it have remained here in Thorpe Abbotts for a second year?  Then of course there is the wooden spoon.

The Church Yard

As the nights slowly begin to lengthen so signs of the changing season become evident. The Turkish Snowdrops (G. Elwesii) are now making an appearance together with the first Yellow Aconite and finally the Lords and Ladies (Arums) have come through. Always nice to see things starting to happen and it’s strange that in spite of whatever the weather throws at us the first week of January has the same players.

A few years ago we regularly saw the Barns Owls quartering the fields around the village. Not having seen them for a while it as lovely to spot, possibly the female (being slightly darker) up at the top of Mill Road the other day, especially as it was such a wet summer.  Indeed this autumn, whilst clearing out the Church Yard nest boxes I found 2 abandoned nests (complete with eggs). Probably early broods which suffered from the cold and dry spring

Hang on in there for Spring 2013, will it be soaking wet and cold or we will be faced with another drought!!!?

About All Saints Thorpe Abbotts

Living in Thorpe Abbotts I am the Secretary to the PCC, manage the churchyard conservation area and write regularly for the Parish Magazine.
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