Every two years, St Edward’s Church, Chilton Polden holds a Christmas tree festival.
Church member, Anita Hayne says, “Our bi annual festival is now a firm fixture on the calendar and we are really pleased at how many of the visitors told us they look forward to it and love coming to see all the beautifully decorated trees. The festival is an opportunity to publicise what exactly goes on in our communities over the year and as people come to decorate and set up on Friday it is always so wonderful to see the conversations that happen across the church and the palatable excitement and fun that is had in doing so. We would like to say a very big thank you for taking the effort and providing such a wonderful spectacle which was admired by many.”
This year saw 20 community groups display their varied sized trees decorated with themes relevant to themselves; from the art clubs at Catcott School, the Guides and the Cubs, Cherry Trees Montessori, to Stitchers and Crochet groups, the Churches of the Polden Wheel, WOTO and numerous more.
This year’s event fundraising was split between YMCA Street, who support young people across the area from running youth groups to providing housing for the 16 – 25 age group including emergency housing and support in the prevention of homelessness, and St Edwards Church, Chilton Polden. The ‘Foodbank Christmas Tree’ has been taken to Bridgwater Foodbank run by the Trussell Trust to be distributed in time for Christmas.
Anita adds, “If you came to visit, helped, donated and provided support in any way THANK YOU VERY MUCH. We raised £410 but most of all we enjoyed seeing you, having conversations and welcoming people who came from around the area. We hope to see you again in 2020, yes, we have already started the planning for what will be our 5th festival event over a 10-year period!”