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Bowling with the Youth Group

As has become almost traditional, we started the term by taking the Youth Group bowling at the Hollywood Bowl at Bracknell. This time we took twenty-one young people, so barely fitted into the four lanes that we had booked.

Next time I suspect we’re going to have to book five lanes, as with the numbers of people on each lane it took longer than usual to get through.

All this bowling practice means that some of them are getting pretty good, with Steve getting fairly soundly beaten by Matt (although Steve blames the fact that the bouncy side-bars being up on his lane put him off). Nagio seems to be another of our star bowlers, scoring 123 without much of a problem. At one point she just bowled and didn’t even wait to see where it went, and went back to the jukebox behind the lane – she scored a strike with that shot! We also broke the record for how quickly we had to call out the lane engineer – within 5 minutes one of the young people (who shall remain nameless) managed to get a ball stuck between the side-bars and the edge of the lane.

Anyway, I’ve put some pictures below. Including two of the night bowling after about 8:30pm when they “turn the lights down and the music up”!!!

A Few More Christmas Pictures

Below are a few more shots from Christmas Eve. The first is a shot through the vestry door shortly before the first of our three Christingle services. During the course of Christmas Eve, with those services, and the Midnight service we had almost 850 people through the doors – we had over three hundred at the Midnight service alone. The 4pm service appeared to be the most popular, with even the Wokingham MP, John Redwood turing up (and apparently slipping out the back door at the end!).

When considering the numbers, it is worth bearing in mind that the Church realistically seats only 150 people comfortably, so all of the services had at least some people standing.

I took the other shots when I climbed the tower to fly the flag for Christmas. As the weather forecast was for wind and rain overnight, I took advantage of a dry, and relatively wind-less period between the 2pm and 4pm Christingles to climb the tower in the light. Not strictly correct, but it beat trying to do it in high winds and driving rain, plus I could take the pictures.

The first two shots are of the bells, which the bell ringers had rung into the up position ready for the peal before the midnight service. However it does give you a chance to see them before they get taken out next month for restoration.

The other shots are a couple from the top of the tower, one looking north towards Warren Lodge, now an old peoples home. The other looking south over Finchampstead village.

Carol Singing

Last night was the second of the traditional St James Choir Christmas events. The junior choir spent the afternoon making Christingles for the services today, and following that the adult choir joined them for carol singing, starting off at Warren Lodge, the old peoples home in the village, and then on to two of the three pubs – The Queens Oak and The Greyhound.

As in previous years the choir was augmented by the odd one or two additional people, and as always on arrival in the pub the first port of call for the tenor and bass lines was the bar, entirely to lubricate the vocal chords of course.

Anyway, below are a few pictures from carol singing.