MILD WEATHER: There’s been much comment on the extraordinarily mild weather of recent weeks, and its visible effects on plant and animal life. In a local pear orchard Barbara Dawson has noticed many trees coming into blossom some 3 months early, with honey bees already on the wing. In one area indeed some of the blossom has already been pollinated and little pears are just beginning to form. Can anyone remember this ever happening in December before? Some older people do remember that the prolonged very cold spell that began in February 1947 was preceded by a December that was nearly as mild as this one is. If so, could we be in for another very cold spell later on this winter? Unlikely, given recent trends, but possible nevertheless.

CHURCH SERVICE: This Sunday (January 3) the Sung Eucharist service will be at 9.30am, followed by a social gathering, with refreshments. Children are always welcome at these 9.30am services, so do bring them along with you.

MESSY CHURCH: As January 3 will be the first Tuesday in the month (as well as in the year) at 4pm that afternoon Messy Church will take place in the Hall - another occasion when children will be welcome (adults too, if accompanied by children).

NEW YEAR GREETINGS: This correspondent sends very best wishes to all readers of the column, wherever you may be, for much happiness and the satisfaction of true fulfilment in the year ahead. May we all begin to see the beginnings of more hopeful signs of progress towards peace in many parts of our troubled world.

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