Saturday, 2nd and 3rd December 2017
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Following its success in previous years, we are delighted to announce that once again we will be holding a Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Parish Church, Kelvedon.
Arrangements will be broadly similar to previous years, with the Festival taking place over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd December. There will be an official ‘switching-on’ ceremony for exhibitors only on the evening of Friday 1st with public viewing on Saturday and Sunday.
Light refreshments will be available over the weekend; we plan to provide seasonal organ music plus other musical entertainment on both days. We will let you know the arrangements in more detail nearer the time. There will be a short closing service at 5.00 pm on the Sunday.
Last year the monies raised enabled us to make donations to Children in Distress and Emmaus in Colchester. This year we have chosen two charities - the Children’s Society, a Church of England Charity which supports vulnerable and at risk children and young people, and is particularly close to our hearts; and for our local charity - Essex Integration, (formerly Fresh Beginnings) which supports Syrian Refugees, particularly those who worked as interpreters, to settle in this country.
A BIG THANK YOU
I wanted to give a big thank you to everyone who helped make the Christmas Tree Festival not only a great success but a wonderful community event. It is amazing that every year participants come up with ever increasing innovative ways to decorate trees and what stalwarts we have – they keep coming back year on year. We are so grateful because without you we would not have a Festival.
Thank you too to all the stewards, and our splendid team in the kitchen, who cheerfully provided countless cups of tea and bowls of soup. We also had a lovely selection of musical entertainment to enjoy whilst we were looking at the trees and hunting for those kittens, fortunately we were able to find them all, even Magnificat who went astray overnight. (Thank you to our lovely band of ladies who uncomplainingly knitted countless felines to be hidden away in secret corners of the Church and for Anne’s beautiful gift stall).
Viv will tell me off but she too must be thanked for her children’s tombola. And finally a big thank you to everyone who visited the Church and were so generous - not only were we able to make donations to Emmaus in Colchester and Children in Distress, but raised funds for St Mary’s Church too.
I am pleased to say that we raised £120 for Sightsavers by the sale of my red nosed reindeer decorations. Thank you to everyone who supported this good cause.
With 48 trees and nearly 700 visitors this year's Christmas Tree Festival was a resounding success.
Emmaus of Colchester, one of the charities chosen to benefit from the Festival, took part with an up-cycled Christmas tree made from wooden drawers which was much admired by visitors.
London Road Garage again took part and their tree was covered in beautifully hand made felt cars. Church Street tree was smothered in doors. June had surpassed herself with a delightful Teddy Bears Picnic that enchanted the children particularly the knitted cakes and biscuits. Lots of comments that the trees were the best yet!
This year the infestation of mice at last year's Festival had been controlled by a cat but unfortunately she had kittens. The children, and some adults too, had great fun tracking the cats down and finding their names. Unfortunately for a while Magnificat strayed but eventually found his way home.
There was also a Christmas stall selling crafts, jams and gifts plus two tombolas. Refreshments were served throughout the weekend providing tasty soup for lunch and scrummy cakes for tea.
During the weekend entertainment was provided by David, Angela and Caroline on the organ. St Mary's Academy Choir sang on the Saturday followed by Joy and Barbara's beautiful singing. We were pleased to welcome back the Feering Singers on Sunday.
So a very busy weekend, a wonderful community event, hopefully enjoyed by all who attended.
This year's festival raised over £2500 which was a record and an amazing achievement.
A big thank you to everyone who helped to make the Festival a great success.
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