Archive for December, 2009

Away in a Manger – 2009

Friday, December 25th, 2009

The Crib Service at St Mary’s was packed this afternoon and the 24th Advent Window was created when the Christmas Story characters were placed into the nativity scene under the altar. Many thanks to many of the Window Owners and Producers who came and participated by carrying the characters in procession to the crib, together with many of the children who came to the service with their families.  The children came to the front, and in the darkened church faced the lit nativity and sang Away in a Manger, which was a wonderful moment.  We wish you all a very happy and blessed Christmas and thank you for embracing the Advent Windows initiative with such enthusiasm and community spirit.





The Christmas Song – 2009

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Created entirely out of wallpaper by Kimberley Bevan (though you wouldn’t know it) today’s window opened at The Barber’s Room. One client happily had his haircut interrupted so Mick could unveil the window and everyone then enjoyed a glass of wine and nibbles.  We decided The Christmas Song was too difficult to sing so sang Away in a Manger instead!  A couple of people stayed on to get their hair cut whilst they were there.




BBC Three Counties Radio – 2009

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

is featuring Welwyn’s Advent Windows on its website and Ian Pearce will run a story on his Christmas Day programme 6.00 – 8.00 am

Do They Know It’s Christmas? – 2009

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

This window at The Rose & Crown was created by Annette O’Donnell and lots of children who attend Artskool-kids in Welwyn.  There was great excitement when the covers came off yesterday evening and thanks to Sue in the pub for providing mince pies to all those who came to the opening




O Christmas Tree – 2009

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

The snow fell heavily but that didn’t deter people from coming out to see the Chrysalis School’s window at the Old Chequers.  Mulled wine and nibbles were much appreciated on this chilly night – thanks to Clare



Good King Wenceslas – 2009

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Created by St Mary’s ‘Sparklers’ this window opened in Hill & Co the Violin Shop after the children had performed their Nativity on Sunday morning. The day was, in fact, very ‘deep and crisp and even’ with lovely blue sky



Hark the Herald Angels Sing – 2009

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

We created a bit of a traffic jam this afternoon with so many people, a rather narrow pavement and still lots of snow and ice. Many thanks to Roger and Judith for mulled wine,  all sorts of nibbles and a beautiful window.



Jingle Bells – 2009

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Given the amount of snow in the village, a big thank you to everyone who came to see Tenterfield’s Advent Window open in the Library. Father Christmas dropped in and did some magic during storytime, which was great since it’s just coming up to his very busy period.  Miriam from the Library read a couple of stories and fed us with mince pies and juice.





We raised £237 – 2009

Friday, December 18th, 2009

to send to Shelter from Welwyn’s Big Carol Sing on Wednesday – many thanks to all who contributed.

Email from Pippa Baddeley – 2009

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Such a wonderful idea – my youngest was involved in creating the window for display at Bryan Bishop’s – I do hope this will be the start of a village tradition.  I wish I’d been able to get to many of the unveilings, but now my workplace is shut for Christmas, our family is aiming to attend as many of the remaining reveals as possible.  Please thank everyone involved.