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Keith Pollard, Brookfield, Broadway

In our churches this Sunday… that is, on January 5, St Andrew’s will be home to an Informal All Age Service at 10.30 am entitled Looking Back, Looking Forward. There will be songs, activities, humour and laughter, taking stock with gratitude at what God has done for us in the past, and looking forward in faith to the future. In the early evening, but still in the dark, there will be an Informal Communion Service at St Peter’s at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome, and what is more you will also be able to request specific prayers and songs, and to encourage one another with accounts of what God has done.

The Literary Society… is just about the first group in the village to resume normal service, with their meeting next Wednesday, January 8, when the village hall will welcome Andy Dinsdale to talk about Flotsam and Jetsam, not to mention Lagan. (What’s Lagan? I just told you not to mention it.) non-members are invited to join the crowd for a cost of £2. A full season only costs £7

Second event of 2014… is the latest in the Players’ quarterly series of Poetry evenings. This, too, is on Wednesday, January 8, but at 7.30 pm. There are several people who can’t wait to enjoy this pleasant evening’s experience, and they’ll be more than happy to welcome you along. A small fee is charged, which is slightly more for non-members. Tea or coffee plus a biscuit await you at half-time. Just listen, and smile or frown, or preferably read out your own choice of poem, which can be famous or one you have penned yourself.

The following week… it’s the Players again, with the read-through on Monday 13 and the auditions Thursday 16, in readiness for their April production of Holiday Snap, a wholly hilarious comedy by Michael Pertwee and John Chapman. Rehearsals, which are usually on Mondays and Thursdays, do not start until February, and newcomers will be more than welcome to have a go. If you’r like to know more about the play, secretary Carol Ardley can lend you a script before the day. Carol is on 814178. There is also an outline of what director Keith Pollard will be expecting from each role. If you’re interested but unable to make the reading and/or the casting, please call Keith on 813631.

Keep on keeping on… the Panto is Sleeping Beauty, the time is getting short, and so are the tickets. What’s left are down at the Post Office. Get yours today…!

Next week’s Voice… should include a note about the TLC, our Tuesday Ladies Club, which is just as open to the men! I have a feeling their fifth birthday is coming up soon so, as the cliché has it, watch this space!