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St. Mary's C of E Parish Church


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.

The display was put together by the Stitch & Bitch group and has the theme "WW1, Keep the home fires burning." It features a 1915 newspaper and the model is wearing a dress which was worn by one of the members' grandmother during the war. There is also some gloves, scarves and hats which have been knitted by the group, and these will be donated to homelessness charity Emmaus after the festival.

The pictures on this age were taken on Wednesday.

The popular festival, now in its 16th year, runs from Friday, November 30th until Tuesday, December 4th and has attracted many new entries.

*There will be chance to see all the trees at a preview evening on Thursday, November 29th, at 7.30pm. The evening will consist of a short opening service and the switching on of the lights by The High Sherriff of Leicestershire, Diana Thompson, followed by a buffet supper with a glass of wine. Tickets for the evening are on sale in the Samworth Centre and cost £8.50.


This year's tree from Melton's twinned town of Sochaczew, Poland. 


Renee Harris tries out the Royal Enfield 500cc "Christmas Tree" entered by Melbray Bikers.
















Christmas Tree Festival 2018 Programme

Thursday all day. Church closed to prepare for the evening, fixing of individual signs and photographs by official photographer.
Thursday, 29th November  - 7.30pm. Wine & Buffet Evening to Launch the Festival including Opening Service and the switching on of the tree lights by Diana Thompson, High Sheriff of Leicestershire. Tickets £8.50 per person available from the Samworth Centre.
Friday, 30th November 9am - Church open to the public until 9pm.  Last admission 8pm.  Refreshments all day. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available from 5pm.
Saturday, 1st December  -  Open to the public  9am – 4.30pm.  Carols amongst the Trees 5pm. Refreshments all day.
Sunday, 2nd December  -  8am  Holy Communion Service in St Mary's Church.
St Mary’s Church open to the public 9am –  5pm.  Last admission 4pm. Refreshments all day.
6.30pm - Songs of Praise in St Mary’s – singing led by The Hathern Brass Band.
Monday, 3rd December  -  Open to the public 9am – 9pm.  Last admission 8pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available from 5pm. Refreshments all day.
Tuesday, 4th December  -  Open to the public 9am – 4pm.  Last admission 3pm. Refreshments all day.
4.00 pm Festival closes with prayers from Revd Kevin Ashby.
4.15 pm Trees removed from Church. 

Article printed from at 07:18 on 27 January 2020