Despite the pandemic and the rise of the Omicron variant a small congregation chose to gather together in London on 16th December 2021 for the annual London Old Fettesian Carol Service. Around fifty OFs from across the generations participated in the traditional service of Carols and Lessons with mulled wine and delicious mince pies alfresco on what was conveniently a mild evening for some socially distanced socialising before Christmas.
The Service was led by Revd Robin Weekes (JS-Mo 1983-1991). Peter Foggitt (Ki 1998-2001), Director of Chapel Music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, kindly played the organ for us. A bijou Chapel Choir of seven who were in exceptional voice complimented the congregational carols with harmonies and small group solo verses.
The lessons were read by Henry Cave, President of the OFA (SH 1980-1984), Revd Jonathan Simpson (Ca 2001-2006), Samantha Brown (Ar 1992-1997) and James Weatherby, Senior Deputy Head (Staff 2007-present) and the Christmas Message was delivered by Revd Mark Simpson (Inv-Gl 1992-2000).
Special thanks must go to Revd David Simpson (Mo 2001-2006) who continues to organise the London OF Carol Service so brilliantly. This year the gourmet mince pies were kindly provided by Jemima Hastings-Dasent (CE 1988-1992) and the team at Leakers Bakery (www.leakersbakery.co.uk).
We do hope that many OFs will be able to join us for this special Christmas service in 2022.