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Festival of Christmas Trees 2018

On the evening of Thursday 6th December the Mayor of Uckfield formally launched the Festival by switching on the lights of the large Christmas Tree and exterior lighting of the Church – all created by the “Off the Wall Entertainment” production company. 

Then over the course of the Festival some five thousand six hundred people visited the Church of the Holy Cross to see the eleventh annual Festival of Christmas Trees, and it is doubtful whether anyone would disagree that this was one of the most colourful displays of Christmas tree decorating that has so far been seen in the Church. 
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The Church welcomed visitors from as far afield as the Sussex and Hampshire boundary, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, and a considerable number from across the Kent boundary.

This Festival, to a great degree, retains the traditional methods of tree decorating. 
However, the Sponsors are very much encouraged to be creative and innovative, and this year was no exception. 
One incredibly ingenious display was titled “A Woodlands Critters Christmas” which had been many months in planning and development – visit the photo gallery to see some illustrations. Another wonderfully innovative decorated tree, that caught the eye of many people, was “Alphabition Calligraphy” (by Weald Scribes).

Photographs of the Trees featured in this 
year’s Festival can be viewed in the Church’s website Photo Gallery. This can be accessed via the main Menu Bar at the top of this page, or see the link below. One hundred and two displays featured in the Festival and their sponsorship was by a complete cross section of Uckfield’s community – schools, businesses, voluntary organisations and associations, community support groups as well as individuals and families.
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During Friday afternoon visitors were entertained by John Pontefract - singer and guitarist, Bernard Tagliavini – performer and singer, and Sean Martin – organist. Children could have their face painted by Pretty Fantastic Faces on both the Friday and Saturday afternoons. Saturday morning Uckfield FM undertook an Outside Broadcast within the Church and interviewed visitors and broadcast their interviews. 
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During the course of day visitors were entertained by Alan Lannaghan – pianist, and in the Sanctuary the wonderful Brass Ensemble of Uckfield Concert Brass playing a selection of carols and Christmas music. Followed by organist Sean Martin playing a selection of music associated with Christmas together with organist Tim Guntrip leading a choral group singing a selection of Carols.

In the Belmont Centre Visitors were exceedingly well catered for throughout the Festival with the availability of Morning Coffee with Mince Pies, followed by Lunches, and later in the day Afternoon Teas. Plus there was the opportunity to purchase Handcraft Seasonal Gifts, Hampers, Gifts, Decorations and Homemade Preserves.

Click on this link to view photographs of the Festival.

For details of a possible 2019 Festival of Christmas Trees please visit our website later in 2019.