I want to formally thank everyone from our village who organized and helped with the Barn Carol Service in December. It was a big undertaking, and our unpaid volunteers did a splendid job. I didn’t realize how much work is done behind the scenes, and perhaps others don’t realize too.
There was the hiring of the Barn – liaising with the National Trust and Vale of the White Horse District Council, risk assessments, insurance, road closures, cordoning off the pond. Then the preparation of the Barn – setting up, dressing the stable figures, installing electrics, lights, sound system, health and safety, first aider, monitor weather conditions, clean and put out chairs and reserved signs, marshals for procession and road/car management, village innkeepers, children leading the procession, the welcomers, collecting donations, keyboard set up, musician, lesson readers, etc. Then the Big clear up – taking everything down and stowing away for another year.
To all who helped in any way, great or small, a big thank you.
At the feedback meeting, we shall review the event and discuss the way forward. For example, the need to form a committee who will work together as a team, introduce changes if required, review timings (do we need to start earlier?) publicity – is it a village event only or do we invite others from further away?
If you have any constructive feedback for the meeting, please send comments to me to share with others, or if you are interested in joining the committee, then please do come along. Please let me know if you are attending so that I can organize a few drinks and nibbles.