Thank you to all the charities who have handed in their applications. We have a bumper crop this year with quite a few new charities applying for a tree. We will be contacting the successful charities by the end of June to let them know that they have a tree in the Festival. To those charities who haven’t applied, if you have decided not to take part this year, we shall miss you. If you have forgotten, sorry, but the closing date for applications was 1st June. However we will still accept applications to be added to the waiting list and we do sometimes have groups dropping out for whatever reason. Come and see us at the CTF desk, which will be in church every Thursday between 11.00am and 12.00noon from now until the Festival.
If you are interested in having a tree on behalf of a registered charity, then please come and find one of the team at the desk in Church on a Thursday morning. You can collect a form 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. Donations of gifts that we can allocate for the stall, tombola and raffle are needed from now on, and can be handed in to the Festival desk on any Thursday morning.
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 the Festival phone: 07999 532002 or Alison on 01328 864685.