It’s so tree-mendous
Festival sets tone for season of goodwill
THE Egham Hythe Christmas Tree Festival attracted entries from almost 50 community groups, who decked out St Paul’s Church with their creations.
Opened on Thursday by Egham councillor Yvonna Lay, the show spanned four days and included carol concerts, a breakfast with Santa, pantomime entertainment, brass bands and a traditional Christingle service.
Choirs from Thorpe Lea, Hythe Community and Manorcroft Primary schools opened the festival with Christmas carols accompanied by he Magna Carta School Jazz Band.
Most of the trees will be donated to the Besom charity, to be distributed to families in need of a tree this Christmas.
Co-organiser Steve Baynes said: “The community has firmly embraced this festival and for many, it really is the beginning of the Christmas season.
“We are extremely grateful to the business community for its involvement, especially companies such as Homebase, Sainsbury’s and Nevin and Wright.”
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Co-organiser Steve Baynes with the Rev Sue Loveday
and Paul Nevin of Nevin and Wright Estate Agents.
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One of the more colourful trees with