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Above and below: Pictures taken at this year's Christmas Tree Festival.

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This year's Christmas Tree Festival Committee... Andrew and Trisha Nutter, Ian and Dina Neale, Phil and Karen Balding, Brian and Marilyn Wray and Kevin and Alyson Ashby.


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Festival breaks the record!

tree logoIT'S  a record! The spectacular and amazing Christmas Tree Festival held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, from November 30th until December 4 made a staggering £26,100 profit!

Organisers thought that it would be hard to beat last year's event, which raised £25,000, but beat it they did. And that is no mean feat. More good news is that the collection taken on Sunday night, to be split between the Bethlehem Rehabilitation Centre, and a church in Nazareth which needs to put in a lift and a car park, raised the magnificent sum of £711.74p. Both of these places were visited by those on the recent trip to the Holy Land organised by Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby. 


The success of the festival rests with a small army of willing volunteers who give up their time to help in so many ways before, during and after the event. From the team of helpers who were clambering up and down stepladders putting up pillar trees, decorations and the big tree, to those who helped clean and sweep the church, to those who manned the doors during the festival, to those who helped serve food and drink in the servery, to those who counted money and worked the sound system in church, the list just goes on and on.

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To these people, and anyone else I have forgotten to mention (apologies if I have forgotten anyone) The Christmas Tree Committee has said this: "We would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make the Christmas Tree Festival such a huge success. It was an amazing weekend enjoyed by thousands of people from all over the country. This was only possible by all the efforts of so many people who gave so willingly in so many ways. Thank you all."

A note of sadness was when Chairman of the Christmas Tree Festival Committee, Ian Neale, announced at the preview evening that Andrew and Trisha Nutter will be moving next year and this would be their last festival in Melton Mowbray, and that he and wife Dina would also be stepping down from the committee this year. Both couples have served on the committee since the festival began 16 years ago.


tree logoThe Revd Ashby said: "Particular thanks this year should go to Ian and Dina Neale and Andrew and Trisha Nutter. Ian and Dina have “headed up” the Tree Festival for a good few years now and are stepping down, and Andrew and Trish have been stalwarts of the planning committee for many years too… and will, most likely, have left Melton by this time next year. Thank you to them and to the rest of the committee… we’ll be looking for more help to make the festival build on past successes in future years. Watch this space!"

People came from all over the country, and some from other countries, to see the fantastic range of ideas on how to dress a Christmas Tree at this year's festival.

*To view stories and pictures from this year's festival click here.


*To view a video taken of the trees in the church by Robert Rathbone click here.

*To view a video taken by ITV Central TV presenter Rajiv Popat when he visited St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday (December 1st) click here.

*Find out what the BBC said about the festival by clicking here.

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Brian Wray takes a well earned break at the Christmas Tree Festival.

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Trisha and Andrew Nutter, Christmas Tree Festival Committee members and companions of the Community of the Tree of Life project in Leicester, are pictured standing below the Community's entry in this year's tree festival which was placed in the beautiful stained glass window in the church designed by Derek Hunt which is called "The Tree of Life."

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Deep in thought amongst the trees... Ian Neale at this year's festival.

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Dina and Ian Neale, founding members of the Christmas Tree Festival Committee
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Keeping you in the picture!
Here are some more pictures taken at this year's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
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Remembrance tree proves popular 
One tree which is proving very popular as usual at the Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, is the In Loving Remembrance one brought in by Central England Co-operative Funeral Care. More ...
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Festival in the picture 
Here are some more pictures taken by website editor Phil Balding at this year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
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Warm welcome for Alan and Lesley
It was good to see Alan and Lesley Humphrey in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Monday (December 3rd) looking round this year's Christmas Tree Festival. To find out more read on... More ...
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Painting a happy picture!
A picture paints a thousand words, or so the saying goes. Read on to view pictures taken by website editor Phil Balding on Monday (December 3rd) at this year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
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Perfect end to a perfect evening
A large crowd of people turned out to listen to the fabulous Hathern Band in the beautifully decorated setting of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday night (December 2nd) as part of a Carols of Praise amongst the Christmas Trees. More ...
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The picture of success 
Another day and we're back on the picture trail again. Here are some more pictures taken by website editor Phil Balding throughout the day on Sunday (December 2nd) during the Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
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What a picture!
Always be prepared is the motto of the St Mary's Church Christmas Tree Festival Committee... and it's a motto that stands them in good stead. Here are a few of the pictures taken by website editor Phil Balding on Saturday, December 1st. More ...
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Drawing crowds from near and far
People come from all the country to see the Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, and these eight people are no exception. Find out more by reading on... More ...
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Carols draw the crowds
A large crowd enjoyed singing carols round the Christmas trees in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday night at a special service as part of this year's Christmas Tree Festival. More ...
From Malta with love
One bauble has been especially delivered at the way from Malta for this year's Christmas Tree Festival in Melton Mowbray. More ...
Sylvester loves the trees 
One man who loves coming along to the Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, is Sylvester Kaczmarek who visits from Poland. More ...
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The lights fantastic!
More than 200 people saw the lights fantastic at the wine and buffet preview evening and opening service on Thursday (November 30th) to launch this year's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
A stitch in time!
This was one of the striking displays in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Wednesday (November 28th) as the beautiful Grade I Listed building saw trees of all shapes and sizes brought in all set for this year's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival. More ...
All set for a festive spectacular
This was the scene in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Monday (November 26th) as a small team of willing volunteers started to get things ready for the Christmas Tree Festival which runs from Friday, November 30th until Tuesday, December 4th. More ...
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Don't miss the festive fun!
Lights, camera, action... yes, this year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, is fast approaching and it's going to be a real cracker! More ...
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Here come the trees!
Ho, ho, ho... Merry Christmas! Yes, months and months of hard work and planning are almost at an end as St Mary's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival prepares for its sixteenth year. More ...
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The countdown has begun...
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know.... Is it a bit too early to be thinking of Christmas? asks Phil Balding. More ...
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