Christmas Tree Festival will light up weekendBy Lewis Rudd
December 10, 2010
This weekend, you can help support 37 local charities and groups while admiring their work. Lewis Rudd decks the halls with tinsel to find out more
Townspeople are being encouraged to branch out and get the festive feeling this weekend and attend a Christmas Tree Festival being held in Wokingham.
Wokingham Methodist Church is holding the three-day event at its home in Rose Street, where no fewer than 37 local charities and community groups will be publicising their work and raising funds for their particular good cause.
Those involved in the event, which starts this Friday, have been busy creating the festive designs which will be adorning their Christmas trees.
And, along with the trees and displays, the church will almost be at bursting point with musical entertainment, craft and gift stalls and refreshments.
Each organisation, for a £5 admission fee, is given a 5ft Christmas tree, a set of white lights and the licence to go bonkers with baubles, get creative with card and be happy with holly.
The resulting trees are all unique and reflect aspects of the charity or group that created it.
Christine Morgan, who helps organise the event, says: “We have got 37 trees this year, which have been decorated by children and community groups.
“We are hoping to have lots and lots of people through the doors and have got a good programme of entertainment lined up.
“The festival is a good opportunity for clubs and community groups to really advertise and showcase what they do.
“We provide the Christmas tree and the lights and they decorate it, usually to something relative to what they do.
“If a school has a display then the tree is usually decorated by the pupils, while the Wokingham Horticultural Association decorate their display around a gardening theme.
“We really hope a lot of people turn up and come and share the joys of Christmas with us.”
The programme of events includes a live nativity at 10.30am on the Saturday morning as well as craft stalls, Christmas produce and gifts, children’s activities, a display of Christmas cribs. Hot refreshments will also be available.
One of the highlights of the weekend will be a Christmas Concert being held at the church on Saturday.
Fronted by the community choir Sing Healthy, the sing-a-long spectacular will include an assortment of festive favourites.
“We’ll pack in as many Christmas songs as we can into 90 minutes,” says Dorian Edwards, who is the evening’s choirmaster. “The idea is that the audience is just as much part of it as the choir.
“With words displayed on screens, anyone who enjoys singing can join in, and there’ll be something for everyone – including Jingle Bells – accompanied by backing tracks and guitar.
Tickets for the event are priced at £8, with money for the event will be shared between the Prison Fellowship’s Angel tree, a project providing Christmas gifts for prisoners to send to their children, and Twyford bereavement charity Daisy’s Dream.
Money raised from the festival itself will also be donated to the prison project.
- The festival will be open between 10am and 4.30pm on Friday and Saturday, December 11, and from noon to 4pm on Sunday. For further information call (0118) 977 1269.