Christmas trees galore at festival

By David Newble

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Christmas trees galore at festival

The Christmas tree festival at Brighstone, which starts on Thursday.

YULETIDE fun is once again coming to Brighstone and Mottistone with the staging of the 13th annual Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival.

BBC South Today presenter Sally Taylor is set to officially light the Tree of Joy at the Methodist Church at 3.45pm on Thursday, accompanied by carols from Brighstone schoolchildren and Chale Choir.

Hundreds of visitors will get the chance to see more than 100 themed decorated Christmas trees at St Mary’s Church, the Methodist Church, the Wilberforce Hall (in Brighstone) and Mottistone Church until next Sunday, December 13. The exhibition runs between 10am and 5pm daily. Admission is free but all donations, after expenses have been deducted, go to charity.

So far, more than £40,000 has been raised for local and national charities. The exhibition begins with the traditional 'pre-exhibition’ hospice tree-lighting service at St Mary’s at 7pm on Wednesday with representatives from the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, with the festival opening the following day. Refreshments will be on offer in the Wilberforce Hall and the Methodist Church.

Christmas gifts will be on sale at the annual Christmas Gift and Craft Fair, which will open on the Friday from 10am to 4pm in the scout centre (just behind the Wilberforce Hall) and from 11am to 4pm, the Community Advice Network will be holding an information fair in front of the village shop.

Other events to watch out for include Brighstone School’s Christmas Fair, which takes place on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm, and all are welcome to join in the Sunday services, which will finish at around  noon in Brighstone and 10.30am in Mottistone.


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