The Festival is well into the last stage of preparation, with volunteer rotas being put together, and the final authorisation forms submitted. We have had a couple of charities withdraw for various reasons, but the spaces have been filled by groups on our waiting list – a good illustration of the value of the waiting list!
Apart from the Launch meeting (held in April each year), October 17th was the only major meeting that charities were required to attend as part of their commitment to the Festival. It was rewarding to see nearly full attendance with only three of the 56 charities failing to appear. It is vital that all participating charities attend this meeting as important information is given out including any last minute changes and final details. (The missing representatives have since been brought up to speed at our Thursday desk!)
As you can imagine, it all takes a lot of work, and new helping hands are always welcome. If you would like to help at the Festival, come and see us at the CTF desk, which is in church every Thursday between 11.00am and 12.00noon from now until the Festival.
Donations of gifts that we can allocate for the stall and tombola are needed urgently now, as well as any cakes suitable for freezing. These 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. It is especially important 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. 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:
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.
A little about last year’s Festival
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!