Hawkchurch Christmas Tree Festival – bigger than ever this year!

PUBLISHED: 17:30 12 December 2017

Hawkchurch Christmas Tree Festival. Picture: Contributed

Hawkchurch Christmas Tree Festival. Picture: Contributed

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The popular Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s Church in Hawkchurch will be even bigger and brighter this year, lasting the whole week leading up to Christmas Eve.

Organisers expect to see at least 3,000 Christmas tree lights twinkling on more than 30 Christmas trees in the lovely old church.

Decorated and lit Christmas trees for the festival are entered by members of the community, clubs and other organisations.

Each entrant can choose their own theme, and past years have seen a huge variety from the traditional to much more modern and thematic trees.

Visitors can vote for their favourites in two categories: adult and children’s submissions.

The festival has been running for 13 years. Previously, it was featured on BBC Spotlight South West News, attracting visitors from as far afield as Taunton and Dorchester.

During the festival week, there will be two concerts in the church, bathed in the atmospheric lights of the Christmas tree display .

The first is the Cantamus concert on Tuesday, December 19, at 7.30pm (tickets £8 to include a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie available from the community shop or at the door) and the second is by Hawkchurch’s Community and Youth Choirs on Thursday, December 21, at 7pm (tickets for adults £5 to include drinks and nibbles, pay at the door).

Proceeds from the Cantamus concert and the festival will go to the church maintenance fund.

Organiser Jean Ransford said: “One of the great favourites is always the Memory Tree, on which visitors can hang personal dedications on special stars that are provided.

“Another firm favourite is the Sweetie Tree, where children can choose a sweet to eat and then use the wrapper to decorate the tree.”

There will also be a stall selling home made festive produce such as Christmas cake and chutney.

The Christmas Tree Festival will run at St John’s Church, Hawkchurch from Monday, December 18, to Sunday, December 24, from noon to 6pm.

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