Our 2011 Christmas Tree Festival is taking place between Sunday 4th and Saturday10th December

As well as providing links to pages which contain details of opening times, facilities and special events, this page
will feature regularly updated illustrated reports of the preparations for the Festival and (HERE) a link to a separate page covering the events themselves as they unfold.

For dates, times and facilities click HERE
For the Tree Festival publicity poster click HERE
For the December 4th special Advent Celebration service in words and music poster click HERE
For the evening session on December 7th poster with carol singing to a military band click HERE

The Christmas Tree Chronicles

Following our usual Advent Sunday morning service, the church was emptied of much of its portable furnishings to make room for the trees and displays.
On T
uesday November 29th boards had been placed at the ends of pews to accommodate the trees, and decorative seasonal garlands were hung around the aisle pillars.
Later that morning 45 trees were delivered and stacked at the back of church to await their positioning the next day.

On Wednesday 30th November, the trees were unwrapped and put in place around the church: in the main body of the building, in the two side chapels and in the choir.
Our 'rabbit Madonna' surveys the scene, as buckets, labelled with the names of charities and sponsors, are ready to be placed alongside each tree when the decorating begins on Friday.

Friday and Saturday were decorating days. Representatives of the 45 organisations sponsoring trees spent time decorating and illuminating their trees
and preparing publicity materials. The St Faith's Jam Factory and the craft sales tables laid out their wares ready to entice those who would come in for the Festival,
which would begin as Sunday's annual Toy Service, when the congregation hand in new toys to be given to under-privileged children ended.



Photos by Chris Price

Festival Fanfare ... now click HERE for pages reporting the week's happenings in words and pictures

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