Huguenot Chapel Christmas Service

Jan Leeming

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Date: 23rd December 2012


We were 15 minutes into our Christmas Service yesterday when the door from the Crypt opened and a very embarrassed Virgir stood there (staff in hand) and said that the Receiver General had asked that we keep our service quiet – in other words stop using the Chapel Organ – bit difficult when you are singing Carols in French. Apparently and probably because it is the last Christmas Carol Service to be taken by Rowan Williams, the attendance was so great that it spilled over into the Crypt and they were having the service relayed to them.

What to do! We couldn’t really continue without the music – some of the arrangements are different and difficult without a musical accompaniment. On Sundays after the service, our small congregation goes to a local restaurant for tea and cake so it was decided to do it in reverse. We vacated the chapel and went for tea. One of our number, a great stalwart of the congregation, Michael Peters very kindly bought some Fizz and treated us all to tea as well.

We had many a laugh and a thoroughly jolly tea before returning to the Chapel and singing with more gusto than usual!

Last year at Christmas, the Archbishop graced us with his presence and the organist was working from a service order which had been changed. We really didn’t know where we were which elicited a raised eyebrow from Rowan Williams.

I am already wondering what might go amiss next Christmas.

Hope you all have a Wonderful Christmas.

A Bientôt, Jan

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