Tree fes­ti­val

Fes­tive event this week­end -

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - NI­CHOLAS DAW­SON ni­cholas.daw­[email protected]­plc.com

THE baubles and tin­sel are com­ing out for an an­nual event at a town church.

St Mary’s Church is host­ing its 8th edi­tion of the an­nual Christ­mas Tree Fes­ti­val, spon­sored by DPD.

More than 70 trees will fill the church in­clud­ing the church’s own tree which was do­nated by New Farm Christ­mas Trees.

Rev­erend An­gela Tarry, cu­rate at St Mary’s, said: “We’re re­ally ex­cited to be fill­ing our church with lots of trees for ev­ery­one in our com­mu­nity to come and en­joy.

“The Christ­mas Tree Fes­ti­val marks the be­gin­ning of our prepa­ra­tions for Christ­mas.

“As we re­mem­ber the birth of Je­sus, the light of the world, it’s fan­tas­tic to be sur­rounded by the lights on so many of the trees re­mind­ing us of His light.

“We can’t guar­an­tee snow for a fes­tive feel, but we can of­fer ev­ery­one a warm wel­come, tin­sel, fairy lights and lots of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties over the week­end.”

Vis­i­tors can view all the trees and vote for their favourite while young­sters en­joy the chil­dren’s trail.

There are still spa­ces left if your group would like to put up a tree.

Rev Tarry said: “Ev­ery year we have a mix­ture of trees made by chil­dren and adults, and cre­atives and tra­di­tion­al­ists, and all of them are beau­ti­ful be­cause of the time and love that goes into them.

“How you dec­o­rate your tree is up to you, and there will be an op­por­tu­nity to vote for your favourites.

“It’s great when some­one new comes and gets in­volved for the first time, so if you haven’t dec­o­rated a tree be­fore do get in touch with our church of­fice.”

Fes­tiv­i­ties be­gin with a pre­view evening on Novem­ber 29 from 6.30pm to 8pm with the switch-on at 7pm, with Jan Kirby, mayor of Hinck­ley and Bos­worth, pulling the lever.

St Mary’s choirs and church band will pro­vide mu­sic with a raf­fle go­ing on and re­fresh­ments avail­able at the li­censed bar.

The church will be open for the event on Novem­ber 30, De­cem­ber 1 and De­cem­ber 3 from 10am to 4pm, and on De­cem­ber 2 from noon to 4pm.

A Messy Christ­in­gle Ser­vice is tak­ing place at the church on De­cem­ber 2 at 10.15am to mark the start of Ad­vent where you can make your own Christ­in­gle to take home with you.

The Fair­trade cof­fee bar and shop will be open with sec­ond hand books to browse and raf­fle tick­ets to buy.

To book a tree, call the of­fice on Hinck­ley 234241, email of­[email protected]­inck­ley.co.uk or pick up a form in the church.

Events will be go­ing on dur­ing the week­end in­clud­ing Hinck­ley and District Past and Present mem­o­ries of Hinck­ley, a com­mu­nity con­cert, rock choir, Tai Chi and a Chil­dren’s Christ­mas tea party.

Look out for de­tails in the fes­ti­val mag­a­zine pro­vided by Round­about Hinck­ley, posters around the church and on the St Mary’s with St Fran­cis, Hinck­ley Face­book page.

En­try to the fes­ti­val is free al­though the church asks for a do­na­tion of £2 to view the trees, which will go to­wards the outreach work of the church.

Tick­ets for the events can be booked at the church cof­fee bar.

Pic­ture: Joanne Steele

The Christ­mas Tree fes­ti­val at St Mary’s Church in Hinck­ley.

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