It was a night before Christmas, the 17th December 2105 to be precise.

When the Master, Upper Warden  and Renter Warden, resplendent in their colourful gowns, arrived at St Margaret Lothbury for the annual Carol Service of the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers.

The church was the fullest seen for many years, to witness one of the best ever Carol Services in terms of content, attendance, music and singing. It was, as usual, the choir that stole the show with splendid renditions of all their wonderful selection of carols, which so gloriously invited the assembled congregation to join in fulsome support where appropriate.

The atmosphere created by the flowers and lighting added to the wondrous scene and all in attendance  thought this the most splendid way to begin the festive period.

The Sermon from our honorary chaplain, John Cook, was incredibly thought provoking and uplifting, leading us towards the true meaning of Christmas.

This was supported by the readings from the Master, Wardens, Clerk and Court Assistants reinforcing the Christmas message.

Our thanks go to the Reverend Prebendary Jeremy Crossley, to the Organist and Choir Master Honorary Freeman Richard Townend and to the Lothbury Singers for a truly wonderful evening.