This year it will be our 18th Christmas Tree Festival there will be as in past years 60 trees in the church together with the larger Remembrance Tree. All the trees will be decorated by local individuals, families, schools, businesses, or groups and organisations.
The festival commences on Saturday 2nd December and will be open the three weekends up to Christmas. Saturdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon – 5 p.m. The church can also be opened by arrangement for groups during the week.
During the event there will be hot drinks and mince pies available in the annexe. There will also be a raffle for the specially made Christmas Cake.
Admission will continue to be £2.00 per person and accompanied children under 12 will be free. The proceeds will be in aid of Church funds, with a donation being given to the Mary Ann Evans Hospice.
This Festival is enjoyed by all ages, starting with the “Wow” factor when entering the church with all the lights on. We are sure that our tree decorators will come up with equally imaginative titles and varied displays as in past years.
Jess & Richard Arrowsmith with Jo Maher will be returning again this year as part of their Christmas tour on Friday 8that 7.30 p.m. They will be performing a concert of traditional English songs and music with many Christmas carols. This lively concert is really well received each year. Tickets £12 please book with Pat Arrowsmith 024 7639 2555.
There will be the traditional trees that we have each year e.g. the Poppy Tree and The Remembrance Tree, where visitors can put the names of loved ones on a star and make a donation toward churchyard grass cutting which costs over £4,500 each year. In the vestry there will be the Prayer Tree and the opportunity to light a candle.
Other than the trees, there are again a selection of Christmas and winter displays in windows and suspended from arches and ceilings. As in previous years, there will be a crib on the altar to remind all of us that the gift to mankind of the baby Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas.
On Sunday 10th there will be a Christingle service with donations to the Children’s Society. Everyone will be given a Christingle during the service and use back at home.
The festival will finish with the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols service at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 17th When we will have a few moments just before the service with just the lights from the trees.
The trees will remain in the church until after Christmas so will be in situ for the Communion service on Christmas morning at 10.30 a.m.