To misquote T.S. Eliot, a wet coming we had of it, as Feltmakers, families and friends, gathered for our annual Carols by Candlelight.  This year, we were joined by staff and supporters of Mencap, a charity with whom our Master, Gilly Yarrow, has had a long and significant association, and which is her chosen charity for her year in office.

This year’s service was a delightful combination of the traditional and modern. Much-loved and well-known carols and Gospel readings were interspersed with comic, yet reverential poems, such as Benjamin Zephaniah’s “Talking Turkeys”, delivered with great panache by actor, Tim Bentinck, and “Christmas Thank Yous”, by Mick Gower and read by Mencap volunteer, Lloyd Page.  Richenda Carey delivered The Annunication from St Luke’s Gospel and The Master gave the final reading from St John’s Gospel.

After steaming cups of mulled wine, we crossed Smithfield Square to enjoy a hearty supper of Shepherd’s Pie at Haberdashers’ Hall which was full to overflowing and ringing with conversation.  A truly magical and appropriate Christmas evening.

REBECCA NELSON