Although conditions in Fulbourn and Cambridge in general aren't quite Arctic (touch wood), it was still cold enough for gloves and shivers when local electrician Julian Mair, second from the left, and his co-workers donated their time to put Christmas lights on the Copper Beech tree by the village sign.
The sign, erected for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, found itself adorned as well!
The cold was vanquished by warm cheer when butcher Michael Beaumont opened his shop for a free tasting session, as I think the smiles show.
Here's Michael - past president of both the Cambridge and District Master Butchers' Association and the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders - with some of his Christmas produce. Do you remember when most butchers' shops looked like this?
St Vigor's is looking particularly festive, but once you're inside it you realise why former Rector Rhiannon Jones ordered blankets!
In the churchyard, sometimes referred to as "God's Acre", a deciduous tree is defiantly holding onto its autumn leaves as if trying to compete with the evergreens, including the yew that stands guard over many English yards.
However, at the end of the day, it gave a warm glow that melted evening's chill to see that the lights erected by Julian and friends were working just fine!