In keeping with tradition, Burnsall Primary School held its Christingle service at St Wilfrid’s Church on the last day of term.

The ancient church, which has been a site of Christian worship for more than 1,000 years, was packed with parents, friends, and villagers for what has become an eagerly anticipated and popular service. Children as young as six gave readings to retell the Christmas story and traditional carols were sung.

The highlight was the making of the Christingles, which was preceded by some young children from the school dressing up as the actual Christingle orange, as a way of demonstrating the significance of each aspect of it.

Headteacher Helen Jameson said: “The service is such a lovely way to mark the beginning of Christmas and to re-emphasise its true meaning to the children.”