I asked Keith about the Tockwith Service mentioned at the AGM yesterday. This was his reply.
The Tockwith Service is a “A Celebration of Christmas” – I am reluctant to call it carol service because most people think of a Christmas carol service as “Lessons & Carols” like the one from Cambridge.
Our service is still obviously themed on Christmas and does have carols but there are only a couple of readings and the other “lessons” are poems of varying degrees of humour. We turn up in cycling gear and applaud and laugh throughout the proceedings (I think we are the highlight of the Tockwith Church’s year!)
Now 30 years, old the service has one person who has been to everyone and that is our own Peter Main. Other WWs take part including Tom Beavers, Ann Benton, Nick Folkard, Nigel Emery & Bernard Turgoose and me plus anyone Tom ropes into the choir
Date is always the 2nd Sunday in December (9 Dec this year) and it starts off with buffet lunch (provided by the under 5s mothers group) in the village hall, savory course before the service and desert course after the service. Eating starts from about 11.45, the service starts at 12.45 sharp and lasts no more than 40 mins then its back to the hall for the trifle!!