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Well Done You Lot
by michael - 18:36 on 20 December 2006
(Pictures on board the luxury limo by Stephanie Blincow - thank you Stephanie.
Picture of the "driver" by Annie Brooker - thank you Annie.)
December 19th, the time was around 6pm. the temperature was dropping from an almost balmy six degrees to a somewhat cooler three, the ice was already forming on the roofs of un-garaged cars and there, stirring in the heart of Caston, there came together a group of intrepid carol singers. From various parts of the village and from further a field they gathered at Chase Farm to climb aboard John Chapman's ever so comfortable, beautifully well-sprung, air-conditioned trailer where they enjoyed the total luxury of straw bale seating.
Slowly they commenced their journey with the breeze ever so gently tugging at their coats, scarves and hats.
Oh what joy as they trundled merrily on their way singing their hearts out - three hours of vocal happiness and getting colder and colder by the minute, bathed in little more than the solitary spotlight at the rear of the tractor - what on earth happened to all that global warming? It certainly wasn't around on this night. But the sheer joy of it all was that they raised a total of just over £265, which will go to a really good cause – The Quidenham Children’s Hospice.
So, it really was a very worthwhile effort and we must applaud not only the carol singers, but well done to the collectors (a lot of walking took place for them), thank you to everyone in the village who contributed and a big thank you to Graham & Marie Penfold and Steve Farmbrough who supplied necessary vitals on route to keep those throats well oiled and to Annie Brooker who welcomed them all in at the end of their journey to mulled cider and mince pies.
And finally, thank you John for taking everyone safely round.
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