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St. Mary's C of E Parish Church

Above and below: Some of the fantastic entries to last year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.











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Don't miss the trees!

Make sure you don't miss this year's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.

The event, now in its seventeenth year, is already attracting a lot of interest from individuals, organisations and businesses all eager to show off their Christmas Tree decorating skills.

So make sure you book the dates for our five days of family fun which take place from Friday, November 29th until Tuesday, December 3rd.

Last year visitors 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. They couldn’t help but be charmed as they entered to see around 1,300 trees twinkling throughout the church. The whole community takes part in this popular tradition now, with trees provided by large and small businesses, charities and youth organisations.

Last year Queen Victoria, alias Rita Clews from Ilfracombe, Devon, paid her usual visit to the Christmas Tree Festival... so keep an eye out for Her Majesty this year.

Another treat is when the popular Hathern Brass Band play music for the Carols of Praise amongst the Christmas Trees, this year on Sunday, 1st December.

On Thursday, (November 28th)  there's the chance to see the trees in their full glory for the first time at a special preview evening with wine and buffet to launch the festival, including an Opening Service and the switching on of the tree lights.

*If you would like to enter a tree this year you have until October 25th to return your booking form. To download a booking form click here. To download a letter explaining a bit more about the festival click here.

Admission to the festival is £2, accompanied children FREE.


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

*To view a video taken by ITV Central TV presenter Rajiv Popat when he visited the tree festival last year click here.

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


           

Christmas Tree Festival 2019 Programme

Tuesday, 26th November
9am - 8pm:
Decoration of trees in windows and on raised spaces.

Wednesday, 27th November
9am - 8pm: 
Decoration of trees on the floor.

Thursday, 28th November
All day: 
Church closed to prepare for the opening.
7.30pm: Switching on of lights, wine & buffet, tickets £8.50 per person.

Friday, 29th November
Entrance fee £2. Accompanied children FREE.
9am: 
Open to the public. 8pm: Last admission. Refreshments all day. Mulled wine and mince pies available from 5pm.

Saturday, 30th November
Entrance fee £2. Accompanied children FREE.
9am:
Open to the public. 4.30pm: Last admission. Refreshments all day.
5pm: Carols amongst the trees.

Sunday, 1st December
8am:
Holy Communion Service in the Church.
9am: Open to the public. 4pm: Last admission. Refreshments all day. 
Entrance fee £2. Accompanied children FREE.
6pm: Music by the Hathern Band.
6.30pm: Songs of Praise with singing led by The Hathern Band.

Monday, 2nd December
Entrance fee £2. Accompanied children FREE.
9am:
Open to the public. 8pm: Last admission. Refreshments all day. Mulled wine and mince pies available from 5pm.

Tuesday, 3rd December
Entrance fee £2. Accompanied children FREE.
9am:
Open to the public. 3pm: Last admission. Refreshments all day.
4pm: Festival closes with prayers from Revd Kevin Ashby.
4.15pm until 8.30pm: All trees must be removed from Church.

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Victorian Christmas Fayre

Friday, 29th November to Sunday, 1st December
Thousands of people from across the country descend on Melton town centre every year to enjoy a slice of Dickensian Britain. The Victorian Christmas Fayre offers a fine choice of gifts, crafts and local produce, with live music and entertainment throughout the weekend. Groups welcome, free car parking in the long stay car parks.
Times: Friday and Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm. 

 

Festival of Wreaths

Friday, 29th November to Sunday, 1st December
St John the Baptish Church, Thorpe End, Melton will be opening its doors over the weekend to view the entries for the Christmas Wreath competition. The competition is open to all, with four categories - primary school age, secondary school age, adults and business. Entry costs £1 per wreath to enter. 
Times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Admission free, wreath entry £1.
More details from Francis Lavette on 07790 631635.

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These church mice made an appearance last year. Watch out for more of them at this year's event!

Queen Victoria is expected to make an appearance again at this year's festival.

Last year's tree from our twinning town of Sochaczew, Poland.

ITV Central TV presenter Rajiv Popat interviews the Revd Kevin Ashby (note the subtle suit!).


Phil Balding, 03/06/2019


Article printed from www.melton.leicester.anglican.org at 14:42 on 16 September 2019