On Thursday 13th December we returned to the lovely Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield for our traditional Carol Service. In a gentle candlelit atmosphere the service was conducted by our Chaplain, The Very Reverend Colin Semper, who in his address shared with us his delight in the message of Christmas. The lessons were read by Liveryman Julian Vero, Liveryman Richard Pavry, The Clerk Major Jollyon Coombs, Past Master Captain Peter Cobb OBE RN, Fourth Warden Jeremy Brassington, and The Master Anthony Phillips. In addition to many well-loved and familiar carols, in which the congregation joined heartily, the Choir treated us to ‘Adam lay ybounden’ by Boris Ord; ‘What Sweeter Music’ by John Rutter and ‘The Holly and The Ivy’, arranged by Sir Henry Walford Davis. The Blessing was given by The Reverend Dr. Martin Dudley, The Rector of St. Bartholomew The Great.
Following the service, which was attended by 119 Feltmakers and guests, we walked the short distance to the beautifully decorated Haberdashers’ Hall for an informal buffet supper. To conclude the evening The Master gave a short speech wishing everyone present a very Merry Christmas, to which Past Master Peter Keens responded with a brief note of thanks. A wonderful start to the festive season!