The Civic Carol Service for 2010 was held at the Temple instead of the usual Runnymede Hall. Mayor David Cross and several councillors attended for a service of carols and readings.
There were contributions from SEEVIC Essential Skills students and youngsters from Canvey Junior School. Hadleigh Temple Songsters and Timbrels took part, with the band providing music before and after the service and to accompany the singing.
The service was led by Rev David Tudor, Rural Dean of Hadleigh and one of the Mayor’s chaplains. The Rev Tudor is known for his wit and upbeat style and this was evident in his leadership of this service. He spoke of illustrations on Christmas cards and supposed that none featured the innkeeper. He said that the innkeeper was very important as he helped Mary and Joseph in their time of need and that is a lead we should try to follow.
As usual the service was to benefit Cancer Research UK. Local organiser Annette Page expressed her delight at the collection reaching a record amount of £951. In his inimitable style, Rev Tudor suggested that a round £1000 would be better and organised a second collection at the exit.