Your Kenilworth correspondent was aware of deep puddles (lakes?) on the road between Balsall Common and Knowle and so chose to drive to Knowle via Warwick Parkway, Wroxall and Chadwick End in steady persistent rain, in the face of 300 flood alerts throughout England and Wales. Parking nearby was almost non-existent, but, only a few minutes later than planned, some 20 singers gathered under the concrete overhang in the Knowle Shopping Precinct.
We bravely embarked on our programme of carols sung a cappella , interspersed with brief announcements and continuity by Steve Harris, pointing out the relevance of the birth of Jesus to modern life, and drawing attention to our regular Sunday Morning Bible Hour, and our special Carol Service the following day.
Because of the weather, not too many people were about, but many took pity on us and put contributions in the bucket, ably held out by the Ensells’ grandchildren, and a sum of approx. £42 was added to the money so far collected for the Sebakaki borehole project in Kenya.
I was surprised to learn that we have been singing carols in that spot for around 20 years, and it’s good to be able to maintain witness to God’s intervention in the world by the birth of Jesus in this way.
I don’t think Gene Kelly could have done better in the circumstances!