Christmas Tree Festival – a success!

Many people braved the icy, snowy conditions to support the first ever All Saints’ Community Christmas Tree Festival on the 8th – 10th December, and were not disappointed! The church was lined with tress sponsored and decorated by local businesses, notably Champs Funeral Directors, Earl Transport and Optical Direct; Church and Youth organisations. All Saints’ School children and other local churches. Each tree was imaginatively and beautifully decorated around a theme generally associated with the organisation or business, and tree lights enhanced the displays to create a wonderful spectacle. Visit our Gallery to see more photos.

Christmas Tree FestivalDecorated fabric Christmas trees adorned the entrance, windows sills and font whilst wooden ones displayed outside the entrance all added to the ambiance of the Festival. One of the highlights of the weekend was the concert on the Friday night performed by St Christopher’s Music and Choir groups. With the Christmas trees all lit up, the music and a large audience, the evening had a magical quality and the mince pies and wine were a welcome addition! The event concluded on Sunday afternoon with an equally moving Songs of Praise, led by Toby, the Vicar and the Church Choirs.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make it a success: whose who spent hours planning the event; the people who sponsored and decorated trees; those who made crafts and food produce, fabric and wooded trees; the lighting and construction crew; the Choir groups; those serving refreshments and the stewards; and of course, all of you who supported the event. Half the money raised is going to a homeless charity the rest to support the much needed church maintenance. A donation was also made to St Christopher’s who helped to make the event such a success; they were very appreciative and are going to put the money towards a piccolo.

Finally – if you put a message on the Memory tree and would like your bauble returned, they are now ready for collection at the back of the church. Thank you.