It’s so tree-men­dous

Surrey Herald/News - - NEWS -

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.”

Star billing: Many of the finely dec­o­rated trees are des­tined for good homes in

the com­mu­nity.

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Tid­ings of com­fort and joy: The wel­com­ing of the sea­son of good­will at St Paul’s Church.

Co-or­gan­iser Steve Baynes with the Rev Sue Love­day and Paul Nevin of Nevin and Wright Es­tate Agents.

Fes­ti­val of lights: It was all about trees of all shapes

and sizes.

Hang­ing for Christ­mas: There’s just snow hold­ing

back for some...

Santa can hot-foot it to Christ­mas with the socks in

the tree on the left.

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