THE ANNUAL Christmas tree festival at All Saints Church starts on Friday 11th December.
The popular event looks set to be even bigger and better than ever this year, as it features a larger number of trees than it ever has before.
Organiser Roy Inwood said, “We hope people don’t forget to come down to the fabulous tree festival. This year has the greatest number of trees we’ve ever had.
“You can come down and have a cup of coffee and a piece of cake and see the trees in the lovely setting of All Saints Church.”
This year there will be more than 40 trees in the church, decorated by local businesses, schools, groups and families for the public to admire. The Gas Cupboard’s tree even features a model railway and steam train which goes around the base of their tree.
Sharon Jones, from First Steps said, “We always have a tree decorated, and we are the first one. Our tree has been decorated with decorations made by the children, with their photos stuck on.
“The Christmas tree festival is magical when you come in and it’s getting dark with the fairy lights on. It’s also really nice that local businesses and groups all take part.”
The tree festival starts on Friday 11th December with an evening for patrons and their families. It will be officially opened by John Bush, the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, and feature performances from Matravers flutists, Bratton Silver Band and the Sing Alive choir.
The festival will be open to the public on the weekend of 12th and 13th and the 19th and 20th of December, between 10.00am and 5.00pm on Saturday and 11.00am and 4.00pm on Sunday.
In addition, there will be Christmas stories being told in the stable in the church between 2.00pm-4.00pm on Sunday 13th and Sunday 20th December for children.