Christmas Tree Festival to raise funds

A FIRST Advent Christmas Tree Festival at Wisborough Green will raise money for the church and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospital.

The festival is being held at the Parish Church of St Peter ad Vincula from December 3 to 11 and admission is free but donations will be gratefully received.

The week of festivities starts with a grand “Switch-On” at 10.30am on Saturday December 3.

As well as viewing the stunning spectacle of a host of Christmas trees, generously sponsored by local people and businesses and beautifully decorated by community groups using the theme of Advent and Christmas carols, visitors can enjoy an exciting programme of music, poetry and concerts performed by local artists.

There’s something for everyone – even a children’s treasure trail.

The Revd Peter Dixon, vicar of St Peter ad Vincula, said: “This is one of a number of wonderful initiatives the church has planned to engage the community of Wisborough Green – each day the doors of the church will be open from 10am to 7pm – so, come along and discover something of the true meaning of Advent and Christmas through carols, both familiar and perhaps less familiar, whilst enjoying the beautiful displays in our stunning, ancient church”.

The festival will end with an Advent Christmas Carols of Praise Service on Sunday December 11 at 6pm.