Festival of Christmas Trees December 7th, 8th and 9th 2012
This was by far the biggest event in the five years of holding this Festival we have undertaken with seventy-one sponsored Christmas Trees being decorated and displayed in the Church. The ‘sponsors’ came from a wide variety of Uckfield's community. There were family decorated Trees, different business were represented, Schools, Clubs and Societies all had taken an incredible amount of time and effort into making decorations and displaying their Tree to the very best effect. No small wonder that over two and half thousand people visited the Church during the three days of the Festival. Young visitors were able to accept the challenge of a Quiz which took them around the Church and sought to challenge their powers of observation of the Trees. Those with perhaps creative skills could visit the adjacent Belmont Centre and undertake decorating biscuits.
Some photos from the Festival 2012
On the Friday evening, throughout Saturday, and on Sunday afternoon, there was live entertainment. We were so very fortunate on Saturday to have John Marsh – the former Radio 2 news presenter - come and play the organ. Bernard Tagliavini entertained visitors on Friday evening, and during Saturday and Sunday some of Uckfield’s ‘most talented’ young musicians performed – Kathryn Anderson, Beth Ellwood, Caroline Reed and Andy Brown. We were so pleased that Caroline and Andy sang a duet in the Festival’s concluding Christmas Service.
On the Saturday morning Jay Robertson, Phil Garland, Mike Skinner and Mike Ziolek presented Uckfield FM’s ‘Saturday Morning Live’ Radio programme from the Church, and interviewed a cross-section of visitors to the Church. We were also very fortunate to have Mike Ziolek and Mike Skinner to perform in a Christmas sketch as part of the Christmas Service. During Sunday our very own ‘Jimmy the Jester’ spent several hours entertaining young people and holding an incredible ‘Jesting Workshop’.
In our opening address of this year’s Festival we told visitors to be prepared to be amazed by the creativity and ingenuity of those decorating the trees, and not to miss the depiction of The Annunciation - we kept to our word.
Events like this do not happen by accident; it takes an incredible amount of hard work and unselfish donating of time, money, and help, before, during and after the Festival by a lot of people to make the Festival such a success.
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