With two concerts and a wine-tasting coming up (see below), pre-Christmas is a busy time for the Friends. Events like these boost the coffers and should leave us in a stronger position to support the next stage of the church building’s refurbishment. At the time of writing, we hear that work on the North Porch is due to begin in February –a big project which has the symbolic task of preserving the main public entrance to the church. Safe access and more events in church are arguably a battle cry for the Friends! So far we are ticking over pretty well, but we would like to extend our membership (currently around 120) and reach out to new parts of the local community. Are you involved? Would you like to be? Could you run an event on our behalf? To find out more about becoming a Friend contact Kay Yuill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Spirit of Woodbridge We were delighted at the response to our FoSM Spirit of Woodbridge photographic competition and exhibition, which attracted well over 100 ‘People’ and ‘Places’ entries, and travelled as an exhibition from St Mary's to Woodbridge Library and on to the Melton offices of our main sponsors, the solicitors Gotelees, who will sponsor again in 2017. Thanks also to The Table, Barrett's and Hot off the Press for their support! We've turned twelve of the winning pictures into a Spirit of Woodbridge 2017 calendar (pictured), now on sale for £6.50 in the Church Shop and at Chenevix Jewellery, both on Market Hill. Next year’s competition, with different themes, will be launched early in 2017. If you're interested in entering, keep an eye on our website for details: www.friends.stmaryswoodbridge.org. NC Forthcoming Friends events … Adnams Wine Tasting – Friday 11 November 1830-2100 in St Mary’s Church Centre. Tickets £10 from St Mary’s Shop or phone 07834 978139 5th Woodbridge Prom – Sunday 20 November 1500-1700 in St Mary’s Church. Young musicians and accompanied soloists from Woodbridge School. Tickets £8, including refreshments, from St Mary’s Shop or at door. ‘Deck the Rooftop’ – Saturday 10 December 1930 in St Mary’s Church. A festive concert from The Riverside 100. Tickets £10 from St Mary’s Shop. Children – entry free.