A NIGHT filled with festive carols, prayers, mince pies and more took place at Exeter Livestock Market earlier this week. 

Visitors flocked from across Devon to support The Farming Community Network's (FCN) Christmas Carol Service on Tuesday, December 19. 

Guests were greeted with drinks and mince pies, and had the chance to browse a few stalls before settling down to watch the service. 

Richard Sampson, Devon volunteer lead for the FCN, led the service, with various others joining to share a reading or a prayer. Everyone sang carols, with music by Crediton Town Band, and guests were treated to two songs from Devon YFC county choir. 

South West Farmer: Devon YFC County ChoirDevon YFC County Choir (Image: Jess Chaffey)

Chris Andrews was guest speaker during the evening. 

After the service, an auction took place to raise money for FCN. Auction lots included a wooden noah's ark, various vouchers, hampers, a winter jacket and more. 

A spokesperson for FCN Devon said they raised £1,100 at the auction. 

"What a wonderful evening last night at our Farmers Christmas Carol Service at Kivells Agriculture Exeter," they added. 

"We extend a massive thank you to Colin Smallacombe, a familiar and beloved figure to many, as he transitions from his role as our Regional Support Officer for Devon. Fortunately, Colin will continue his valued involvement as a volunteer and Richard Sampson has taken over as Regional Support Officer for Devon.

"We were also lucky enough to be joined by Devon Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs choir and Crediton Town Band. Thanks go to both for making the evening perfectly festive."