Carols at Lyveden

Lyveden carols 2  A Carol Service and Carol Singing are very much a regular part of the Christian Festivities, enjoyed by so many.  A different slant on the Carol singing took place last Saturday, 20 December, at Lyveden New Bield.  Not a venue that would automatically spring to mind, but, oh my! what a wonderful atmosphere when dozens of people piled into the kitchen area of this 3-storey, unfinished national monument, accompanied by lanterns in niches, the smell of mulled wine and mince pies and an easy-to-read song sheet.

We were led by Derek, a lay preacher and choir master from Peterborough, through the Christmas story by way of Carols alone. A CD player provided the musical accompaniment and Derek had brought a few members of his choir along and most of the time they kept up with us (we got a bit carried away at times!)

Then there were some ‘specials’ – the children were asked to come to the front and sing the first verse of ‘Away in a Manger’. Their young voices were perfect for this Carol. After the break (and at this time Mulled Cider and Winter Pimms made an appearance in our group), and with plenty more of our favourite Carols, three volunteers were chosen to sing solo, and it wasn’t until they had stepped forward that they were told that there was no music available for this Carol!  Even so, each man was more than capable for singing his lines from ‘We Three Kings from Orient Are’.

The afternoon’s entertainment was brought to a close with Derek’s very clever adaptation of a Gloucester wassailing song, but aimed at our present location. To give a flavour of the words, the following lines were the start of some of the verses:

Wassail, wassail round Lyveden New Bield
May all of our stockings with good things be filled and

Here’s to the orchard, the apples and pears
May God bless it all and the fruit that it bears and

Here’s to the tea room and those who work there
May God fill their tables with good Christmas fare and

Here’s to the army of keen volunteers
May this Christmas time be their best one for years and finishing with

Here’s to the New Bield we all hold so dear.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
And a Happy New Year as may we all see
With the wassailing bowl we’ll drink to thee.

The Lord’s Prayer and a blessing sent us out to one of the most beautiful sunsets we could hope to see.  A perfect ending to an uplifting afternoon.


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So that’s it, the website girls are signing off for a few days break,
but we’ll take this opportunity of wishing you all a very merry Christmas!


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