Festival of Christmas Trees December 6th, 7th 8th 2013
Wow. Over four thousand people visited the sixth annual Festival of Christmas trees. Although the Festival essentially keeps to the traditional methods of tree decorating the Sponsors are encouraged to be creative and innovative, and this year was no exception. A study of the photographs in the website’s photo gallery shows the varieties of decorating achieved. All the trees had been sponsored by a cross section of people and associations from within our local community. There were representations from five local primary schools, the community college, local businesses, voluntary organisations, community support groups, and youth organisations.
Friday evening visitors were fortunate to hear the very talented Bernard Tagliavini entertain with a wide repertoire of festive songs and tales. On Saturday morning children were entertained by ‘Jimmy the Juggling Jester’, and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons there was live entertainment. John Marsh (from BBC Radio 2) played the organ, Kathryn Anderson, Beth Ellwood and Amy Davis sang to their own accompaniment, and on Sunday there were solo performances by Caroline Reed and Jeanne Russell, Tim Bramly played the piano and Anthony Roberts played the keyboard. Children could undertake a Quiz and also go to the Belmont Centre and decorate biscuits.
|Some photos from the Festival 2013|
Click here to view photographs of this year's festival some of which show the Festival being prepared.
On the Saturday morning the Church was home to Uckfield FM, when Mike Skinner broadcast “Saturday Live” from the Church.
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 Festival remained open until 9.00 pm. While outside a Barbeque was held with traditional Mulled Wine available for the adults.