Christmas Tree Festival Report 2019

02 Jan 20



This now annual community event has once again proved a great success. It enjoyed a wonderful atmosphere, everyone working together to both set up and clear away, as well as during the three weeks of the event itself.



This year we had more new people decorating trees than we have had for some years and we also had the same number of applications as we had trees, something that doesn’t happen often. 



We were also extremely lucky with the weather, despite all the rain over the last few months we only had the odd short shower over the three weekends, which encourages people to make the effort and pay us a visit. 



In all there must have been well over 1,000 people through the church door in December, especially if we include the two school trips and the Melrose concert, as well as normal services.



We had some very ingenious titles which included:


“Puppy Tree”




“Frostree and Snowman”

Santa hiding in Vestree”


Also there were wonderful comments in the visitor’s book eg

“Beautiful and calming, very healing.”


“Stunning display of trees.”

“Remarkable ideas.”


“Absolutely beautiful and heart-warming.”

“Tree-mendous !!! xx”


“Wow! Amazing!”


The amount of time that some people spent in making their decorations was evident. One that was of particular note (and often thought to be machine made) were the handmade decorations of Hardanger embroidery on the “White Tree”. Where each decoration took 4-5 hours to make. Then there is the fun that the “Glitter Explosion” children of the nursery must have enjoyed while making theirs. The ingenuity of the children of the Kettlebrook School making stars out of old Coke tins for their “Ghost of Christmas” tree which received many comments.


There were two recipients of the fruit cakes that were raffled. The first was won by someone who said “I never win raffles and see them more as a donation. If there is a local group that you can donate it to on my behalf that would be lovely.”


Asking the person who made the cake, it was donated to the Salvation Army who were pleased to be able to use it at the Night Shelter on Boxing Day.


The second was one by 7 year old James who rather than use his mother’s money used his own pocket money to buy the ticket.


The final financial result was a record at £3016 of which £605 was donated to the Mary Ann Evan’s Hospice in Nuneaton.


Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard in so many different ways to make this festival the wonderful community event greatly enjoyed by so many.


The Melrose Christmas Concert                                                            All the tickets for the concert on Friday 20th at 7 p.m. were sold out some days earlier. Every one enjoyed their wonderful performance. 


The idea to use the words of “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and to put it to 12 different tunes (along the lines of the radio programme “I am sorry I haven’t a Clue”) and for the audience to guess the tune being used was great fun. 


You will be pleased to hear that Jess and Richard were able to donate £220 plus £10 coming after to the church and they have already booked the church for December 18th 2020. We are very grateful to them for their continued support to the church each year.



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