Happy New Year!
It seems amazing that it is a month since the Christmas Tree Festival ended. It was a brilliant success with both charities and the church increasing their totals on previous years. A huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way, without you the Festival wouldn’t happen. Thank you too, to all who came – you also make the Festival the success it is every year. We’ve had lovely messages of thanks and praise for the event, and several enquiries from members of other churches who would like to have their own festival.
The church received £18,722.69 and the grand total for all the charities was £21,722.69 (yes, I do have it right…what are the odds of that coincidence?) What a wonderful result for all involved!
The team has had their first meeting of the New Year . . . we really do start in January to plan the next Festival. We look at any problems – very few this time which suggests we’ve got the right formula – and any suggestions we and others have made for improvements. We do listen to and read all the ideas we are given. We decided the dates of the launch in spring, and other important meetings and deadlines.
Charities wanting to take part need to come to the Festival Launch which will be held on the 30th March at 7.00 pm in church (earlier this year because of Easter). This is a meeting held in church when we talk to groups about what is involved in having a tree in the festival and update regular participants in any changes we might have made. Application forms are given out – usually due back by the end of May. We have set a limit to the number of trees in the festival for practical and safety reasons, so applications often exceed places available. Groups will be informed by the end of June as to who has been successful.
We do not send out application forms by post or email. We have decided over the years that the guidance that is given when forms are collected is vital to the success of the festival, both for the team and the charities. For more information please contact us by email as shown below.
Details of monies collected in the 2019 festival are shown below.
|CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL FIGURES FOR THE CHURCH IN 2019|
|Refreshments – net||£628.21||£710.00||£1,060.00||£582.65||£860.00||£780.00||£757.00||£702.00||£6,079.86|
|Church tree||(no bucket)||£38.45||£12.70||£4.22||£9.82||£27.40||£19.39||£111.98|
The charities totals are:
|2534 (Fakenham)Squadron – ATC||£120.00|
|Action for Children||£264.00|
|Age Concern Fakenham Area||£225.46|
|Al-anon – Fakenham Group||———|
|Beetley & Bilney PCC||£84.06|
|Brisley CE Primary Academy||£203.49|
|British Heart Foundation||£545.03|
|British Lung Foundation||£250.00|
|Cancer Research UK||£1,036.74|
|Church music – Fakenham Parish Church||£111.98|
|Cystic Fibrosis Trust Fakenham Group||£466.11|
|Dereham Cats Protection||£438.14|
|EAAA (Fakenham Painters)||£951.43|
|Fakenham Children’s Daycare Centre||£253.96|
|Fakenham Choral Society||£109.31|
|Fakenham Wensum Scouts||£159.58|
|Friends of Cranmer House||£182.05|
|Friends of Fakenham Junior School||£208.88|
|Friends of Kings Lynn Samaritans||£438.97|
|Friends of Walsingham Primary School||£200.00|
|Gt & Lt Snoring WI for Wells Hosp||£415.11|
|Gurkha Welfare Trust||£463.66|
|H.E.L.P.S Fakenham Infant & Nursery||£151.81|
|Hawk & Owl Trust||£318.04|
|Headway Norfolk & Waveney||£252.00|
|Macmillan Cancer Support – D’ham & F’ham||£1,061.00|
|Morrisons plc for CLIC Sargant||£460.03|
|Motor Neuron Disease||£589.21|
|National Coastwatch Wells-Next-the-Sea||£349.42|
|Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House||£369.62|
|Norfolk Zipper Club||£451.39|
|PACT Animal Sanctuary||£513.76|
|Pancreatic Cancer UK||£790.83|
|Project Linus UK||£238.32|
|Royal British Legion Fakenham||£679.66|
|St Seraphims Trust||£126.77|
|Stepping Stones for The Lullaby Trust||£261.48|
|Wells Primary School||£93.44|
|Wells-next-the-Sea Sea Cadets||£213.00|
If you have any queries please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (please note dedicated email address) or ring Alison on 01328 864685.
The Festival Team (Anne, Alison, Elaine, Lily, Roger & Sue)
Here are some comments and thanks from the 2018 festival, where 55 charities made a total of £18,818:
Thank you again for another lovely week. It’s always a pleasure to be involved with the festival and will look forward to next year’s.
Always a special occasion and a very special atmosphere, I’m sure we would wish to take part irrespective of the cash you enable us to collect;
Thank you so much for all of your hard work to make this event possible again this year. As always it was a great festival.
I would like to thank you once again for allowing us to have a tree at the Festival, it was a massive success for us again and we made a wonderful total.
Thank you for all your brilliant organisation and hard work and thanks again for letting us be part of your wonderful festival.
Thank you to everybody behind the scenes on the CTF committee, the Christmas Market, the tombola, the refreshments, and everyone because without you there wouldn’t actually be a festival for us to take part in. As a charity we are very grateful for your time. Many, many, thanks for enabling us to once again to have a tree at the festival.
It is a tremendous effort by all concerned and is a wonderful event bringing the local community together and giving all the charities an opportunity to raise money .
Our thanks to the church and all the people that spend so much time in organising this marvellous event , long may it continue .
Thank you for arranging another wonderful Christmas Tree Festival, and for allowing us to be a part of it. The week went very quickly, it was lovely to see you all and we hope to join you again NEXT year, for your 19th Festival!