Brighstone lit up for tree festival

By Matt White

Friday, December 9, 2011

 

Brighstone lit up for tree festival

Hospice chief executive Tina Harris switches on the lights to start the festival. Picture by Peter Boam.

A SPECTACULAR Christmas tree festival is under way in Brighstone and Mottistone this weekend.

The 15th Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival has around 120 decorated trees on display, exhibited by charities, clubs and associations and individuals and families.

In previous years’ the festival, which started on Wednesday with a lights switch on and a service for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, has attracted around 6,500 visitors.

Organiser, Chris Goodman, said the display of trees, at St Mary’s Church, the Methodist Church, Wilberforce Hall and Mottistone Church, was spectacular.

He said: "Everyone has gone the extra mile.

"There is a lovely Christmas atmosphere around the villages and we would love people to come along and be part of it."

The trees can be viewed free today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and 7pm and between 10am and 5pm on Sunday.

As well as the display of trees, the festival features a Christmas gift and craft fair at Brighstone scout centre today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday), plus carols at Wilberforce Hall today at 4pm.

Horse-drawn carriage rides are also available and the Stars of Wonder event, offering a varied programme of music, takes place on Sunday, at St Mary’s Church at 7pm.

To date, the festival has raised around £60,000 for Island and national charities.

Visit www.bctf.org.uk for the full festival programme.

Reporter: mattw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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