This was the inaugural "Festival of Carols" within the parish and follows on, in part, from our New Evangelisation drive. This is challenging us to ensure our Parish life is clearly alive and vibrant, not just for ourselves but also within the community that we live. The aim of the Festival was not just a Catholic Service, but a Christian Service open to all.

Mary Lister rallied the troops and masterminded the whole event. It was a mixture of traditional carols sung in unison, choir ensembles and solos, readings and a performance by the children from St Gildas' School. The Christmas Truce, read by David Adams and Clare Allen, was a very fitting tribute to the First World War. The organ music, which accompanied everyone, was performed by David Bruce-Payne, with a couple of solo performances as well. When the children sang, the piano music was played by Ray D'Inverno and the bodhran by Kath Brown.

It is not possible to thank everyone for their contributions, but collectively we pooled our various talents together and made it an event worthy to prepare everyone in this Advent Season for the coming of the Lord.

The following photos give a flavour of the event. We look forwards to next year's event and will endeavour to attract more visitors from other Christian Churches and faiths in the Yeovil area.