24 trees ready and waiting......
24 trees have been delivered and are waiting to be decorated by 24 charities, representing local, national and international causes, as part of the first ever Christmas Tree Festival at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds. The Festival takes place on 7 and 8 December in the Cathedral Cloisters. All the profits from the Festival will support these charities. In addition there is a fun competition which encourages visitors to vote for their favourite tree by dropping some coins into a special Christmas tree pot. The charity with the most money in its pot at the end of the Festival wins a prize and all the charities get to keep this extra income too.
‘This event has only been made possible by the generous support of local businesses,’ comments Sarah Friswell, PR Manager at the Cathedral. ‘We wanted to provide an opportunity for local charities to raise their profile and to generate some welcome additional funds at this important time of year.’
The Festival is open on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11.30 am to 4 pm. Entry to the Tree Festival is £2.50 per person, children 16 and under are free of charge.
In addition to the charities trees in the Cloisters there will a special tree for children to add their decorations, and a tree where people can leave prayers and messages for loved ones.
Refreshments will be available in the Cloisters and the Refectory throughout the Christmas Tree Festival including mulled wine and minced pies.
The trees have been supplied by Elveden Estate.