St Faith's Christmas Tree Festival
. DIARY 2014 .
Needless to say the first entries in the notional Festival Diary were made many months before.
This major milestone in St Faith's annual journey - now in its sixth year - made its physical presence felt
with the arrival of the trees five days before we opened our doors.
Once again we are grateful to Tony Almond for providing the trees at cost.
This page: the build up
Page two: the opening day
Page three: Monday and Tuesday
Page four: Wednesday
Page 5: Thursday
Follow the links at the foot of this page
Tuesday 25 November
The trees sit, cocooned and ghostly, by the font awaiting their unveiling.
Thursday 27 November
Two evenings later, the boys and girls of our Scout troop, under the command of Mike Carr and Helen Kibby,
positioned the 39 trees strategically in their planned positions around the church.
Friday 28 November
This was the first of two days when the church was open all day to allow sponsors, decorators and onlookers to pay for their trees,
get their battery-operated lights and deck their respective trees. Waterloo Primary School children were first off the mark with their school's tree,
while the Chapel of the Cross was transformed into a second-hand shop ('pre-loved' sounds classier).
By close of play, some trees still awaited their transfiguration, but the spectacle was already unfolding.
Saturday 29 November
The final day of preparation for tomorrow's opening session saw the remaining trees decked out in their finery and festooned with lights.
The Famous Jam Factory tables groaned under the weight of marmalade, jams and chutney, with cakes and other edible goodies still to come.
The Pre-Loved Stall awaited the local equivalent of Black Friday, Rend Denise brought her grandchildren in to admire her tree,
while Revd Sue (our New Broom of an incumbent!) chased falling pine needles around the church and Margaret (Old Hand!) prepared the children's play area.
Photos: Chris Price
For words and pictures from Advent Sunday click HERE
For Monday and Tuesday of the Christmas Tree Festival week click HERE
For Wednesday's pictures (including the military band carol concert) click HERE
For Thursday's pictures (uniforms and uniforms) click HERE