A village Christmas party

The families of Binsted gathered this December for a party in the medieval church.

Four generations were present, from toddler to nonagenarian. There were recent arrivals, and families who have lived in the village for centuries. Challenges and successes of the past year were discussed; plans made for the year to come.

But it was a night for Christmas cheer. A small tractor had brought an outdoor oven up the lane earlier in the day, so a warm smell of cooking filled the stone building.

There was carol singing, mulled wine and mince pies, a communal sack of presents and at least one Santa. Holly and ivy, candlelight and a dusting of snow completed the picture.

Below are some memories of the evening. (The last photo shows the Church after some of us returned in the morning to put everything back in its place – you would never know!)

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