Reflections on the 2013 Christmas Tree Festival
Extracts from the Visitors' Book
Throughout the 2013 Festival, as in previous years, visitors were invited to record their thoughts and impressions in our Visitors' Book. Below are a selection of the many nice things people said about what we were doing.
' Fabulous as always ... We look forward to this every year... Well done to all the tree dressers... Lovely Christmas feel, specially the organ... Well done another year – keep it going... great moving event... Every year gets better and better... Brilliant – starts Advent properly... Lovely idea... Lovely decorations and causes. As beautiful as ever... Wonderful Christmas feeling... A happy opportunity to give to good causes... Fabulous carol singing by St John’s. Lovely as always by your church... An amazing experience and needs to be advertised more... A pleasure and an honour to see the beautiful trees... What a beautiful church... We’ll be back next year!... Thank you everyone! Christmas would not be the same without it... Lovely, very welcoming place. Thank you all so much... A treat to see such a great mix of lovely trees, music and fab refreshments... Really, really nice. Lovely sandwiches. I loved the cat tree xxx... Beautiful, creative trees for wonderful causes. Thank you... Very beautiful, well done all! Also very thought-provoking. What a lot we have compared to some... Beautiful carol by Waterloo Primary children, very festive!... So much work has gone into everything. It’s lovely!... Gorgeous display... Lovely display, lots of choice and nice Xmas music too... So enjoyed the Christmas Fair and food... What Christmas is really all about... I love coming here each year, it’s fab.. Thanks for bringing so much pleasure and promoting good causes... What a beautiful idea, do hope you do well... How wonderful, thank you... It was boss!!!... Excellent example of community spirit - and so warm and welcoming... A wonderful idea, so well prepared by so many people, and just what a church should be doing for the community and those in need.'
From the Festival Prayer Tree
Each year since the festivals began, one tree, in the Chapel of the Cross, beneath the Great Crucifix, has been set aside for prayers and petitions by visitors. They are invited to write whatever they wish on cards provided and hang them on the tree. By the end of the week there were probaly not far short of 200 cards covering the tree, with prayers heartfelt, touching, and occasionally entertaining (as in the final one below!). A selection of this year's crop is reproduced below: heartening evidence that so many still feel the need to offer up prayers and think of others in these secular and materialistic times.
This concludes our coverage of the 2013 Christmas Tree Festival. We hope you have enjoyed sharing some of these marvellous experiences.
The Tree Festival index page
- everything else about the 2013 event and the archived records of the first four Festivals