Church packed for carols

PUBLISHED: 13:50 21 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 31 May 2010

From left: Isabelle Brookes, Matilda Doyle, Andreas Swerdlow, Isobel Mclellan and Charlie Southgate - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

From left: Isabelle Brookes, Matilda Doyle, Andreas Swerdlow, Isobel Mclellan and Charlie Southgate - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

PACKED to the gunnels , the R A Butler School Christmas Carol Service at the Baptist Church in Saffron Walden was a popular festive treat. The entire junior school filled the church for the service on Friday afternoon, singing a mix of traditional and co

PACKED to the gunnels", the R A Butler School Christmas Carol Service at the Baptist Church in Saffron Walden was a popular festive treat.

The entire junior school filled the church for the service on Friday afternoon, singing a mix of traditional and contemporary carols.

The minister Rev Simon Mattholie said: "It went very, very well, we were truly packed to the gunnels.

"The church can seat 500 people and there was standing room only, so that gives you an idea of how popular it was.

"The children performed The 12 Days of Christmas, and other traditional songs."

School headteacher Gayle Mawson, said that the service was a fantastic blend of music, readings and artwork.

"Eleven-year-old Matthew Jones had won a carol-writing competition organised by the Saffron Walden Choral Society," she said.

"His fabulous carol was performed by the society at their Spirit of Christmas show, and we also sang it to start Friday's service."

The Baptist Church is playing host to a light-hearted nativity play this evening (Thursday) and an all-age Christmas service on Sunday.

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