Fes­ti­val will be a real Christ­mas tree-t

The Wokingham Paper - - LEISURE -

PLANS are now com­plete for the fifth bi-an­nual Christ­mas Tree Fes­ti­val to be held at St Mary’s Church in Twyford from to­day.

The theme is A Host of Heav­enly An­gels and the church will be filled with a glit­ter­ing ar­ray of lights, tin­sel and hand­made and per­son­alised dec­o­ra­tions on a mul­ti­tude of Christ­mas trees.

These will be pro­vided by Twyford’s many or­gan­i­sa­tions, vol­un­tary groups and busi­nesses which have in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated trees to re­flect their own im­age.

As well as the dec­o­rated trees there is plenty for vis­i­tors to en­joy through­out the fes­ti­val.

On Fri­day evening this in­cludes Read­ing Ac­cor­dion Group, Twyford Handbell Ringers and the Work in Progress bar­ber­shop quar­tet.

At 2pm on Satur­day Berk­shire Recorder Con­sort will en­ter­tain, fol­lowed by the Av­enue Acapella Group un­til 4pm.

By pop­u­lar re­quest Bon­nie The Bub­ble Lady re­turns with a cap­ti­vat­ing dis­play for young and old alike fol­lowed by Twyford Glee Club at 2 pm.

One of the high­lights of the fes­ti­val will be a con­cert ti­tled A Taste of Christ­mas which takes place from 7.30pm on Satur­day.

The con­cert will be a mix of sea­sonal and year-round favourites fea­tur­ing a range of per­form­ers from clas­si­cal singers, ac­com­pa­nied by Jo MillerShep­herd, to soloists from the alumni of Berk­shire Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture Per­form­ing Arts and the Thames Val­ley Cho­rus male bar­ber­shop choir.

Many of the per­form­ers have been brought to­gether by Tara Chap­man a so­prano with a grow­ing range of ex­pe­ri­ence, both as a teacher and as a per­former.

Tara runs spe­cial­ist weekly singing groups ti­tled ‘Singing for

Lung Health’ in Maiden­head and Brack­nell. These are open to any­one with chronic lung dis­ease.

The fes­ti­val it­self runs from Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6 to Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9 in­clu­sive and the cli­max of the fes­ti­val on Sun­day is a carol ser­vice around the trees at 4.30pm. Doors close at 4.30pm each day apart from Fri­day when it will re­main open un­til 9pm.

Tick­ets for Satur­day’s con­cert are £10 for adults or £5 for chil­dren and stu­dents. They can be pur­chased from the Floor Store in Twyford’s High Street, or by call­ing: 0118 934 3328 or vis­it­ing www.thru-christ.eventbrite.co.uk.

And there’s more …

St Mary’s Church, in Shin­field will be hold­ing its an­nual Christ­mas Tree Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 from 10am to 5pm fol­lowed by a Christ­in­gle ser­vice.

The Church Lane church will also be open on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 from 11am to 6pm, fol­lowed by Car­ols by Can­dle­light at 6.30pm.

The church will be filled with Christ­mas trees dec­o­rated by groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions from all over the Shin­field parish.

Re­fresh­ments will be avail­able.

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