See pictures of the trees in this Year’s Christmas Tree Festival HERE
St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival—Sara Fuller
As the evenings grow longer and January is behind us, thoughts of all things Christmas have possibly faded slightly, but we’d like to bring it back into your minds, at least for a moment or two, whilst we acknowledge how wonderful the 2020 Christmas Tree Festival, in aid of St Mary’s Church and St Peter & St James Hospice was.
Being a very different year with many challenges, we had to think creatively and differently about how the trees would work and it was touch and go at times as to whether it could happen at all but as always, the great folk of Newick came up trumps and rose to the challenge – at fairly short notice in the end too – and it was fantastic! Twinkling lights and the aroma of the trees filled the Church through December and Epiphany.
To ensure that we continued to meet all Government guidelines and maintain a safe, socially distanced environment, we had to have less than half the number of trees we normally have, but instead of the Church looking bare, it looked wonderful and as we moved nearer Christmas, the addition of the beautiful flowers and candles (thanks to our flower ladies and candle men) finished the picture off and the Church looked truly amazing. We had a steady flow of visitors on our Wednesday and Saturday sessions throughout the festival which was fantastic and people were also able to enjoy the trees during our Sunday services as well as Lessons and Carols and our Christmas Services – a truly magical time.
Although there were no votes this year, it didn’t stop our entrants being wonderfully creative with their trees – Johnathan Wilkins upside down tree, The Croak tree and Newick & Chailey Colts football tree to name but three, but they were all stunning, and we thank every exhibitor for helping make a dark time brighter. Last but by no means least, we cannot end without saying a big thank you to everyone who generously donated when visiting the trees on a Wednesday and Saturday. A total of £676. 00 was raised which will be divided equally between the Church and the Hospice.
Thank you again to everyone involved in making it happen – so many people played a part, and if you would like to be reminded of how lovely the Church looked – visit the gallery on our website – newickchurch.org.