It may seem strange (and a bit wrong!) to be thinking about next Christmas already, however the Christmas Tree Festival team have already had their first meetings to organise the 2018 Festival. The Festival dates will be from Thursday 29th November to Thursday 6th December. Opening times will, as in the past, be from 10am to 8pm, with the Festival opening at 12noon on Sunday after a special Festival Service at 10.30am. There will also be a brief service of Compline at 7.45pm on the Sunday just before the Festival closes.
If you are interested in having a tree on behalf of a registered charity, then please come to the Launch Meeting on Monday 9th April at 7pm in Church. At that meeting application forms will be handed out and you will be given all the information you need to apply for a tree. If you would like to help at the Festival, then watch this space for details of how to get involved. As you can imagine, it all takes a lot of work, and new helping hands are always welcome.
If you are interested in bringing a group to the Festival, then we ask that you contact us beforehand to avoid clashing with other large groups. This way everyone gets the best possible experience at the Festival.
If you are a group wanting to have a meal, then booking is necessary. Please download and complete the appropriate forms below:
We are pleased to report that the problems we have had for the past couple of years with coach parking have – at least temporarily – been resolved, and the ‘Highfield Road’ car park (opposite the college) is once again available for coach parking.
We also ask that all school and care home visits are booked in advance. This is to avoid clashes that might detract from all visitors’ enjoyment of the event.
Last year’s Festival was again very successful, with the Charities raising a combined total of £18,424.32 (download details here) and the Church’s efforts making £16,433. It was a very enjoyable experience to be part of and we had many positive comments from both those taking part and from visitors:
“Thank you for letting us have a tree. We think this year’s Festival was one of the best and we would like to thank the team who put so much hard work in to the preparation that makes it so successful. We hope to see you next year.”
“Thanks for letting us be involved in the Christmas Tree Festival again this year. It was lovely and as well organised as ever.” “Thank you for a wonderful festival yet again”
“Wow! Brilliant! Fabulous!”
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for making me feel so personally welcome during my volunteering shifts and also thank you so much for the chance to participate at this year’s festival.”
“We really enjoyed taking part and hope to do the same next year!”
” So beautiful!”
“Thanks for organising another great festival”
“A massive thank you for allowing us a tree again this year. We really enjoyed taking part again and hope to be considered for next year.”
“Our children look forward to it each year – it is the start of their Christmas”
“We owe you and all your colleagues sincere and heartfelt thanks for all your efforts in respect of the Christmas Tree Festival.”
A big Thank You from the Team to everyone who took part in 2017; donated cakes, prizes, gifts to sell; or just visited. Without you there would be no Festival and we look forward to seeing you again in 2018!
If you have any queries please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org (subject matter CTF please) or ring Alison on 01328 864685.