Can you believe it's December already! That wondrous time of expectation, the Advent star and waiting for the arrival of baby Jesus.

We have had another busy month with a wonderful Remembrance Service, our youngsters proudly remembering the men and women who gave their lives so that

they could live a life of freedom. so much respect shown, and a mmoving service led by John Pangbourne from West Hill. The collection from the day will be domated to The Royal British Legion.

We had a good day at the St Andrew's Faur, lots of tea and cakes enjoyed by old and young, raising funds to help the school and our church. Many thanks to all those of you who sent donations of cakes and items to sell, and those who manned the stalls.

Reverend Cate has had to postpone her journey to the Solomon Islands due to ill health, she now hopes to travel in the early part of 2018. Our thoughts and prayers are with her as she recovers.

Sheila would like to thank everyone for their collection for the Children's Society. This year she has sent off an amazing £1000 for this very worthy cause. So many young people in Devon are helped by them. Also a big thank you to all who filled a shoebox or sent donations to help with transport costs, just another example of how generous and compassionate our community is.

We have lots of things to look forward to in December. The 3rd is the next Storytime, at 10am, our very own nativity is being created. The 15th December hears us carol singing at the Nog Inn,come and help us raise the roof and enjoy Mike and Roses hospitality. On the 16th we will be made bery welcome at the bowls club, for and eening of carols by candlelight. The 17th Deember at 5pm will be our carol service in church, please come and join us to celebrate, and enjoy mince pies and a drink afterwards. On the 24th at 4pm we will be celebrating our Christingle service, please come along early as it is a very popular service.

On Christmas Eve we celebrate Midnight Mass at 11.30pm, a very peaceful service reminding us of Christ's birth, it also prepares you for the busyness of Christmas Day.

I hope and pray that you have a peaceful and heppy Christmas, and as a village we have have a happy and healthy 2018.

Cara Sanders