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Christmas Tree Festival, Maidenhead, 2022

St Luke’s Anglican church, in Maidenhead, Berkshire, held its Christmas Tree Festival from 10.00 a.m. on Friday 9 to 6.00 p.m. on Sunday 11 December 2022.  It is thought that the church’s first Festival was held 12 years ago.

72 decorated trees, each sponsored by a local organisation,  were displayed around the church and visitors were invited to vote for the trees they like best by putting money (‘as much as you like!’) in the bucket placed beside each one, or people could donate and vote online.  All the money raised was be donated to the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

Other attractions included a raffle, a produce stall and refreshments.

As with other Christmas Tree Festivals the organisers seem to think that success can partially be judged by the number of trees sponsored, thus there is a desire to have more trees each year.  Unfortunately this can mean that rather too many trees are squeezed into the available space, meaning that it can be difficult to appreciate individual trees.

Notes:  Holy Saviour church, in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, held its Christmas Tree Festival on 9 – 11 December 2022.  This festival started in 1977 and is believed to be ‘the oldest established Christmas Tree Festival in Britain’.

But, according to  Holy Saviour’s website, accessed 10 December 2023, its Festival started in 1997; due to covid in 2020 the Festival  moved from the church to local shop windows.

Updated 10 December 2023.

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