Archive for December, 2011

Carols by Candlelight – Friday December 23rd

On a wet blustery evening, Liston Church was a welcoming place to be, full of goodwill and neighbourliness  and looking absolutely delightful lit by many, many candles. It was a full house and a service of eight lesson, interspersed by ten of our favourite carols was a fitting start to Christmas. Everybody sang as if they meant it rather than whispering the words; we had performances from a nascent Liston Church choir and despite a few “wheezes” from the venerable organ, some Bach and some Brahms.

After the service, mulled cyder and mulled cranberry juice was served together with lots of lovely nibbles cementing the warm feeling engendered by the setting and the occasion. It was an example of English rural community life at its best.

My Thoughts for December …

On the Suffolk/Essex Border
A Hamlet rests serene
It has a sort of order
A peaceful dreamy scene

A Church, a small community
A place for quiet repose
Where people stand together, and friendship grows and grows

But dark storm clouds are gathering
Above the chimney stacks
Strangers talk and whisper, behind our Liston backs

But we will smile politely
That is the Liston way
And leave it to the planners
But hope we win the day!

Maureen Clayton

The Planting of our Jubilee Oak

The planting of an oak tree to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday 20th December 2011.

The site (OS map reference  TL837453) can be reached by taking Church Walk and continuing along the footpath past the churchyard and up the hill (Spanfields) to the point where it meets the lane that goes to Western Hall.

All are welcome.

If you know someone who might not be able to make it under their own steam please consider offering them a lift.

For those planning to arrive by car, David Jackson has kindly agreed to his yard being used for parking for the duration. Please do not park at the site.

Please also take care by staying off the highway as, while the lane is not busy, vehicles will be passing through periodically.

The PC would like to take this opportunity to thank Colin Flux for his help in preparing the site and planting the tree, to David Jackson for the use of his yard and to Nick Wells and the New England Company for allowing the tree to be planted on their land.

Foxearth and Liston Parish Council