This was Cambridge's only and, we believe, first such festival here. The event took place over eight days, from the grand Opening Concert by CSD Brass followed by a Blessing of the Tree by Bishop Simon Barrington-Ward, all on the 28th November 2009 until the 5th December.
This first day's programme and the Candlelit Advent Carol Service on the following day, Sunday, gave many people their first glimpse of the 14, six foot high Norwegian Pine trees. The church was fragrant with their scent and glowed with the colourful decorations and lights of the trees, each of which had been imaginatively decorated by a local group, organisation, school or business to their own creative theme.
Throughout the week many visitors came to see the trees and enjoy seasonal refreshments, often having a personally guided tour from one of the team of helpers who had been recruited by Sylvia Pick and Stella Cross, the organisers of the whole event.
Comments in the visitors' book show how much the event was enjoyed by those who came;
"Lovely trees! I've never seen a Christmas Tree Festival before, so this is amazing. Nice to see that the children are included."
"Beautiful brass band."
"Great idea - hope to see it next year!"
"The trees are fantastic. Please do this again next year!"
"L’église est très belle, l’accueil est plus que chaleureux. L’idée des sapins avec différente décorations magnifique. Merci beaucoup. Joyeux Nöel."
Encouraged by the wonderful response in 2009 plans are in hand to repeat the Festival in 2010, with even more trees and local participants and, we hope, many more visitors.
The 2009 participants were;
- Café Jello - Fishmas Tree
- The Flower House - Reddy for Christmas
- The Folk Museum - Dickensian Christmas
- La Margherita - Pasta Tree
- Powell & Bull Jewellers - Pearls of Wisdom
- Save the Children Shop
- Castle School
- St. Luke's School - Waiting for Santa Claus
- Park Street School - Starry, Starry Nights
Local Groups & Organisations;
- Brownies and Guides - Guiding Light
- Hilltop Day Centre - Stockings Hung with Care
- Little Acorns & Livewires - Winter Wonderland
- Zabbaleen Trust - Rags to Stitches
You will find photographs of the trees in the Photo gallery. If you wish to contact the organisers you can do so via the Parish Office, as shown on the Contact Us page.