GRANDAD’S PRIDE AND JOY

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There was a plethora of services at Bowden and Melrose at Christmas.

These ranged from the children’s massed Christingle service at teatime on the Friday, the watchnight gathering at 11.15pm, the Christmas morning service to the Boxing Day service at which the Canadian grandson of minister Alistair Bennett – Bennett William Fleanor, from Vancouver Island – was christened.

Mr Bennett’s grandchild received a candle, lit from the church’s Easter candle and signifying new life.