Advent Windows!!

Hello everyone !
Thank you all so much to everyone who has decorated their windows this year, and to all those who have come along for unveilings, provided refreshments,  posted on the Living Advent Window Facebook page, and publicised the event. A lot of time and effort has been put in, so thank you all.
As last year, we’d like to do a walk around the village on Christmas Eve, and sing a song at each of the windows. Please ensure that your window is illuminated from about 4.15 (except for Richard at The Windmill!)
We will start at the Church after the Christingle Service, which is due to finish between 4.15 and 4.30. So if you would like to join in, please do meet outside the Church for around that time.
We will start with the Church, then move over to The Old School House on Glebe Road, then down to Hurst Farm Road, The Wickets, the Forge crossroads (and sing up Morleys Road towards the Whiddetts), down to Scabharbour Road and Weald Close, then back up to Windmill Road, along to the junction with Church Road and down to the Barwicks, back on to Long Barn Road and round the green, past the shop and then finish up along Hurst Lane until we reach The Windmill in time for the final unveiling at 6.30! By which time we may all need a drink…
If you’re not able to join us for the whole route, please do feel free to dip in and out along the way.
The weather looks to be friendly, and please also bring anything along to accompany voices (bells, drums, whistles, accordions etc!).
We’ve prepared a songsheet (attached), and will be printing off a few, but please do print off your own or sing from your phones/ipads etc.
We would like this to remain as casual as it can be. It’s not an organised walk and the roads will be open.  Please bring torches, head and/or hand held, and wear hi-vis and/or brightly coloured reflective jackets. Please take care of yourselves and your children.
Sue – if you think it is appropriate, please would you pass this email and the song sheet on to your Weald News circulation list?
Karen,  please can you share with Barbara, and Charlotte, please can you share with Lesley?
And everyone else, please do feel free to spread the festive word.
Thank you once again, and we hope to see you tomorrow.
Best wishes and Happy Christmas,
Matt and Rachel Yates
  1. St George’s Church, Church Road

Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled

Joyful, all ye nations, rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With th’angelic host proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King


Christ, by highest heaven adored
Christ, the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold him come
Offspring of the Virgin’s womb

Hail the Flesh, the God Head see
Hail th’incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King


  1. Sara & Steve Holmes, The Old School House, Glebe Road


On the First day of Christmas my true love sent to me a Partridge in a Pear Tree

…Two Turtle Doves

…Three French Hens

…Four Calling Birds

…Five Gold Rings

…Six Geese a-Laying

…Seven Swans a-Swimming

…Eight Maids a-Milking

…Nine Ladies Dancing

…Ten Lords a-Leaping

…Eleven Pipers Piping

…Twelve Drummers Drumming


  1. Geoff & Nicola Barnes, 4 Glebe Road

The first Noel, the angel did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel

  1. Rachel & Tim Cope, 18 Hurst Farm Road

We’re walking in the air

We’re floating in the moonlit sky

The people far below are sleeping as we fly

I’m holding very tight

I’m riding in the midnight blue

I’m finding I can fly so high above with you

Far across the world

The villages go by like dreams

The rivers and the hills, the forests and the streams


Children gaze open mouthed

Taken by surprise

Nobody down below believes their eyes


We’re surfing in the air

We’re swimming in the frozen sky

We’re drifting over icy mountains floating by

Suddenly swooping low

On an ocean deep

Rousing up a mighty monster from his sleep


And walking in the air

We’re dancing in the midnight sky

And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly

We’re walking in the air

We’re walking in the air


  1. Angela & Steve Horton. 1 The Wickets


Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart, Prepare Him room
And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven and nature sing,

And Heaven and Heaven and nature sing


Joy to the world, the Saviour reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat, Repeat, the sounding joy


He rules the world with truth and grace

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness

And wonders of His love

And wonders of His love,

And wonders, and wonders of His Love


  1. Judy & Mike Whiddett (at the Forge bus stop)


Little donkey, little donkey on the dusty road

Got to keep on plodding onwards with your precious load

Been a long time, little donkey, through the winter’s night

Don’t give up now, little donkey,

Bethlehem’s in sight

Ring out those bells tonight

Bethlehem, Bethlehem

Follow that star tonight

Bethlehem, Bethlehem

Little donkey, little donkey, had a heavy day

Little donkey, carry Mary safely on her way

Ring out those bells tonight…


  1. Rachel & Mark Donati, Dunearn, Scabharbour Road


Once in royal David’s city,

Stood a lowly cattle shed,

Where a mother laid her Baby,

In a manger for His bed:

Mary was that mother mild,

Jesus Christ, her little Child.


He came down to earth from heaven,

Who is God and Lord of all,

And His shelter was a stable,

And His cradle was a stall:

With the poor, and mean, and lowly,

Lived on earth our Saviour holy.


And our eyes at last shall see Him,

Through His own redeeming love;

For that Child so dear and gentle,

Is our Lord in heaven above:

And He leads His children on,

To the place where He is gone.


Not in that poor lonely stable

With the oxen standing by

We shall see Him but in Heaven

Set at God’s right hand on high

When like stars his children crowned

All in white shall be around


  1. Julia Downing, 12 Weald Close


O little town of Bethlehem,

How still we see thee lie!

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by.

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting Light;

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee to-night.


O morning stars, together

Proclaim the holy birth!

And praises sing to God the King,

And peace to men on earth.

For Christ is born of Mary

And gathered all above,

While mortals sleep the Angels keep

Their watch of wondering love.


How silently, how silently,

The wondrous gift is given;

So God imparts to human hearts

The blessings of His Heaven.

No ear may hear His coming,

But in this world of sin,

Where meek souls will receive Him still,

The dear Christ enters in.


O holy Child of Bethlehem,

Descend to us, we pray!

Cast out our sin and enter in,

Be born in us to-day.

We hear the Christmas angels,

The great glad tidings tell;

O come to us, abide with us,

Our Lord Emmanuel!


  1. Maxine & James Trotter, 10 Weald Close

You better watch out, you better not cry
You better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s making a list and checking it twice
Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you’re sleepin’
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake

You better watch out, you better not cry
You better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

  1. Rebecca & Sam Rushton, Gospel Hall, Windmill Road

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,

Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.

Born a king on Bethlehem’s plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign.


  1. Susan and Richard Gidman, The Willows, Windmill Road

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

Just like the ones I used to know

Where the treetops glisten and children listen

To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

Just like the ones I used to know

Where the treetops glisten and children listen

To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

With every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright

And may all your Christmases be white


  1. Jo Grady, 2 Jubilee Cottages, Windmill Road


It’s Christmastime, there’s no need to be afraid

At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade

And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy

Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime

But say a prayer, pray for the other ones

At Christmastime it’s hard, but when you’re having fun

There’s a world outside your window

And it’s a world of dread and fear

Where the only water flowing

Is the bitter sting of tears

And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom

Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you

And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmastime

The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life

Where nothing ever grows

No rain nor rivers flow

Do they know it’s Christmastime at all?

Here’s to you, Raise a glass for everyone

Here’s to them, Underneath that burning sun

Do they know it’s Christmastime at all?

Feed the world, Feed the world, Feed the world, Let them know it’s Christmastime again


  1. Hilary & Andrew Priest, Merryfields, Windmill Road


Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen,
when the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shone the moon that night, though the frost was cruel,
when a poor man came in sight, gathering winter fuel.


MEN: “Hither, page, and stand by me. If thou know it telling:
yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling?”
WOMEN & CHILDREN: “Sire, he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain,
right against the forest fence by Saint Agnes fountain.”


MEN: “Bring me flesh and bring me wine

Bring me pine logs hither

Thou and I will see him dine

When we bear him thither.”

Page and monarch forth they went

Forth they went together

Through the rude wind’s wild lament

And the bitter weather


W&C: “Sire, the night is darker now

And the wind blows stronger

Fails my heart, I know not how,

I can go no longer.”

MEN: “Mark my footsteps, my good page

Tread thou in them boldly

Thou shalt find the winter’s rage

Freeze thy blood less coldly.”


In his master’s steps he trod

Where the snow lay dinted

Heat was in the very sod

Which the Saint had printed

Therefore, Christian men, be sure

Wealth or rank possessing

Ye who now will bless the poor

Shall yourselves find blessing.


  1. Tania Johns, 6 Elmfield Close


Silent night, holy night

All is calm all is bright

‘Round yon virgin Mother and Child

Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace

Sleep in heavenly peace


Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,

Hirten erst kundgemacht

Durch der Engel Halleluja,

Tönt es laut von fern und nah:

Christ, der Retter ist da!

Christ, der Retter ist da!


Silent night, holy night,

Son of God, love’s pure light.

Radiant beams from Thy holy face,

With the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth


  1. Claire & Glynn Barwick, Old Meads, Church Road


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
“Rudolph, with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
You’ll go down in history”


  1. Weald Community Primary School, Long Barn Road


Girls and boys, leave your toys, make no noise,
Kneel at his crib and worship him.
At this shrine, child divine, is the sign, our Saviour’s here.
Alleluia the church bells ring, Alleluia the Angels sing,
Alleluia from everything all must draw near.

On that day, far away, Jesus lay,
Angels were watching round his head.
Holy child, Mother mild, undefiled, we sing your praise.


  1. Barbara Edwards & Karen Long, the Old Bakery, Long Barn Road


Snow is fallin’, All around me
Children playin’, Having fun
It’s the season, Of love and understanding
Merry Christmas everyone

Time for parties, And celebrations
People dancin’, All night long
Time for presents, And exchanging kisses
Time for singing Christmas songs

We’re gonna have a party tonight
I’m gonna find that girl
Underneath the mistletoe
We’ll kiss by candle light

Room is waiting, Records playing
All the old songs, Love to give
Oh, I wish that, Every day was Christmas
What a nice way, To spend the year


  1. Roberta Briant, Wildcobs, Long Barn Road


Frosty the Snowman

Was a jolly happy soul

With a corncob pipe and a button nose

And his eyes made out of coal


Frosty the Snowman

Made the children laugh and play

And were they surprised when

Before their eyes

He came to life that day


There must have been some magic

In that old silk hat they found

For when they placed it on his head

He began to dance around


Frosty the Snowman

Was alive as he could be

And the children say

He could laugh and play

Just the same as you and me.


  1. Sally & Matt Brown, 5 Patience Cottages, Long Barn Road


Dashing through the snow, On a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go, Laughing all the way

Bells on bobtail ring, Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh


  1. Weald Community Shop, Long Barn Road


Sleigh bells ring, are you listening

In the lane, snow is glistening

A beautiful sight, We’re happy tonight

Walking in a winter wonderland


Gone away is the bluebird

Here to stay is a new bird

He sings a love song, As we go along

Walking in a winter wonderland


In the meadow we can build a snowman

Then pretend that he is Parson Brown

He’ll say, Are you married?

We’ll say, No man

But you can do the job, When you’re in town


Later on, we’ll conspire

As we dream by the fire

To face unafraid, The plans that we’ve made

Walking in a winter wonderland


  1. Matt & Rachel Yates, Southwood, Hurst Lane


They’ve got cars big as bars

They’ve got rivers of gold

But the wind goes right through you

It’s no place for the old

When you first took my hand

On a cold Christmas Eve

You promised me

Broadway was waiting for me

You were handsome, You were pretty

Queen of New York City

When the band finished playing

They howled out for more

Sinatra was swinging,

All the drunks they were singing

We kissed on a corner

Then danced through the night

The boys of the NYPD choir

Were singing “Galway Bay”

And the bells were ringing out

For Christmas day


You’re a bum, You’re a punk

And you stink like old junk

Lying there with a bottle watching TV in bed

You scumbag, you maggot

You big fan of Taggart

Happy Christmas such a farce

I pray God it’s our last

The boys of the NYPD choir

Still singing “Galway Bay”…

I could have been someone

Well so could anyone

You took my dreams from me

When I first found you

I kept them with me babe

I put them with my own

Can’t make it all alone

I’ve built my dreams around you

The boys of the NYPD choir

Still singing “Galway Bay”…


  1. Lesley Knight & the Rogers family, Old Windmill Cottage, Hurst Lane


Away in a manger, No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus, Lay down His sweet head


The stars in the sky. Look down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus, Asleep on the hay


The cattle are lowing, The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus, No crying He makes


I love Thee, Lord Jesus, Look down from the sky
And stay by my side, ‘Til morning is nigh


  1. Barbara Pilson, 1 Windmill Cottages, Hurst Lane


Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
At the Christmas party hop
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Every couple tries to stop
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Let the Christmas spirit ring
Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie
And we’ll do some caroling

You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear
Voices singing, let’s be jolly
Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday
Everyone dancin’ merrily
In the new old-fashioned way


  1. Richard and Kay Crawley, The Windmill


We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring some out here

We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here