The 7th annual St Faith's Christmas Tree Festival ended at 4.00 pm on Saturday, 12th December, 2015.
To round off a week of entertainment, we were treated to an excellent afternoon concert of Christmas carols and songs
by the St Nicholas Singers, the community choir based at St Nicholas' Church, Blundellsands, under their musical director Mike Foy.
(Yes, he is this writer's son-in-law, but everyone else thinks they're good, too!). After that it was time to put out the lights on the 40 trees for the last time.
A final ritual was the drawing of the big raffle. Alan Brooks was unsurprisingly happy to win a bottle of top quality champagne,
although Gareth Griffiths seemed oddly reluctant to part with it. Back in the everyday world of worship, the next morning saw
the lighting of the third Advent candle for Gaudete Sunday, with John the Baptist's gear on display.
All that remained in the afternoon was the stripping and removal of the trees, untangling the lighting sets and sweeping up the pine needles.
Time later to read the many appreciative comments in the visitors' book, to count the money
and maybe even relax after another splendid week of teamwork, charity support, mission and outreach.