On Sunday 5th December more than 250 Freemasons and their families attended the Annual Christmas Carol Service at St. Mary’s Church Plympton which was conducted by The The Rev’d Prebendary Robert Harris. The Blessing was delivered by The Rev’d Nicholas McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth, together with an interesting and entertaining address given from the pulpit.
The congregation were enchanted by the carols sung by the La La Choir conducted by Jenny Wragg who then accompanied those present as they sung, the children who had accompanied their parents were then called up to the alter and invited to sing the first verse of away in a manger, they were given a rapturous round of applause before being joined by the choir and the congregation, as they left to return to their seats each child was given a small gift which included a Masonic Teddy Bear.
A traditional part of the service saw the Provincial executive give nine festive readings, the seventh of which was a light hearted rendition of the Christmas Cake and the Mouse given by W. Bro. Peter Keaty and after the ninth and final reading our Provincial Grand Master, Ian Kingsbury, thanked everyone for coming, wished them a Very Happy Christmas and said he was hopeful that the coming year would be much more positive than the last eighteen months had been.
Many members of the congregation then retired to the church hall for light refreshments before starting out on their journey home.