Carols at Christmas with the chairman

COMMUNITY spirit was “alive and well” at a Christmas carol service held in Bocking on Monday.

The event was hosted by Cllr Lynette Bowers-Flint, chairman of Braintree District Council at The Deanery Church of St Mary the Virgin.

Cllr Bowers-Flint was joined by representatives from the many organisations and community groups she has met so far during her year as chairman, her charities – the Salvation Army Christmas Lunch appeal, Braintree and Brainwave, the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, mayors and chairmen of other Essex authorities and the parents and staff of Tabor and members of St Mary’s congregation.

Pupils from Tabor Science College also took part with readings, music, prayers and assisting with the organisation on the day. Toni-Jo Bains and Matthew Fayers performed Don’t You Remember by Adele.

The event took place during the Christmas Tree Festival when the church is bedecked in trees donated and decorated by groups, pubs and schools.

Cllr Lynette Bowers-Flint said: “This was a wonderful occasion and a very special way to bring together the many people who I have had the pleasure to meet and work with this year.

“It really demonstrated that community spirit is alive and well. I’d like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.”