2014 - Festival of Christmas Trees - December 5th, 6th 7th
Incredibly over five thousand people visited the Seventh Festival of Christmas Trees to be staged at Holy Cross Church. This Festival retains the traditional methods of tree decorating, but the Sponsors are encouraged to be creative and innovative, and this year was no exception. A study of this year’s Festival photographs in the website’s photo gallery shows the preparations for this Year’s Festival together with the varieties of decorating achieved. The trees had been sponsored by a cross section of people, businesses, and associations from within the local community. There were representations from five local primary schools, the community college, local businesses, voluntary organisations, community support groups, and youth organisations, and individual families.
This year the Festival was featured on Friday’s BBC South East today, and the Church was fortunate that Natalie Graham interviewed the Rector and Church Warden, and carried out a live link during the late night news.
During Friday visitors were entertained during the morning by Michael Maine playing the organ, and in the evening the entertainment was provided by Sean Martin – organist – and Bernard Tagliavini – singing and guitar playing.
On Saturday morning Bazza West, a Mouth Painting Artist, held a workshop (which in fact lasted the whole day), and while Uckfield FM undertook an Outside Broadcast (within the Church) children were entertained by ‘Jimmy the Juggling Jester’.
During Saturday and Sunday afternoons there was live entertainment - Tim Bramly and Alan Lannaghan played the piano; Kathryn Anderson, Beth Ellwood and Alex Beharrel sang to their own accompaniment. Children could also undertake a Quiz and then go to the Belmont Centre and try their hand at decorating biscuits.
Visitors were exceedingly well catered for throughout the Festival. In the Belmont Centre there was Morning Coffee and Mince Pies, followed by Lunches, and later in the day Afternoon Teas were available. On the Friday evening it was Late Night Shopping in the High Street and the doors of the Church remained open until 9.00 pm. The Church yard pathways were candle lit creating an almost magical scene, and a Bar B Q was held with traditional mulled wine available for the adults and hot chocolate for children.
For details of the 2015 Festival please visit our website later in 2015.