We would like to give a big thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2014 Christmas Tree Festival such a success. We were delighted with all the positive comments we received throughout the Festival. Once again the volunteers from the various Charities played their part with enthusiasm, but the biggest thanks must go to the Church Team who put in hours of work in preparation, as well as during the Festival itself. Adrian and Marian thoroughly enjoyed their visit, and I think we ‘did them proud.’ Thank you! We would welcome feedback to the Parish Office by the end of January. Thank you also to the Town Council; Kick Start and the FAP, who arranged for the Church’s re-spotlighting (after the fire) to be part of the switch-on.
The Christmas Tree Festival for 2015 will take place from the 3rd to the 10th December, and it will be launched in the March Beacon.
This means that application forms will be available from the 1st March 2015, and in several ways:
- From the Parish Office (in Gladstone Road) -in person; by sending an SAE or an email request;
- By downloading a form from the website (valid forms available from 1/3/15);
- By using the form in the March issue of the Beacon magazine.
Please do not try to apply before the 1st March – forms for 2015 will not be ready and we cannot accept payment before then. All charities must apply separately for 2015. We do not automatically keep places – or send out reminders, and charities who have not taken part before are very welcome to apply. The form is simple, and straightforward to complete.
We usually have around 70 charity trees, and have to keep to that limit for safety reasons. As long as everything else is satisfactory, we try to operate on a ‘first come – first served’ basis and usually have more applications than places, so if you are late applying, you are more likely to miss out.
The 14th Christmas Tree Festival 2014
A wonderful and successful Christmas Tree Festival. The Festival was founded by Adrian and Marian soon after they arrived in Fakenham with the active support of the Parochial Church Council. The Festival has continued to be as successful as in the past – from the community point of view as well as financially.
As well as 70 plus trees that were stunningly decorated and lit, there was refreshments, raffle, tombola, a stall selling quality bric-a-brac, books, homemade jams and chutneys and Christmas cakes.
The 70 charities total so far is £17,600.612 and the churches total was £16,540.21 (details can be seen in January Beacon) . This was another wonderful result only made possible by the hard work from all involved. Thank you very much.
During the Festival in Fakenham Market Place the town Christmas lights, funded and installed by Fakenham Area Partnership, were switched on. The event, organised by community group Kick Start Fakenham, included hot food stalls and fairground rides and charity & craft stalls. There was a Santa’s Grotto (kindly operated by staff from Norwich & Peterborough and Fakenham Sure Start Centre) and North Norfolk Radio hosted the event, with traditional carols and an appearance from Fakenham Town Band.
Thanks to Shirley 2107 who shared a video of the 2011 Christmas Tree Festival on her YouTube page.