Christmas Tree Festival opens for festive season
eighth annual Christmas
tree festival has opened in the town this weekend, with dozens of
sparkling trees on display for a fortnight.
Andrew's Church is holding the popular festival, which is open to
the public each day.
total of 34 local businesses and groups from across Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge have set up and decorated their trees with unique
items according to different themes.
to mark the opening was held on Saturday evening, attended by many
local people and led by Richard Allen.
Gemini Tae Kwon-do's tree has a 'green' theme and is decorated with
plastics found washed up on local beaches
church will be open from 10am to 4pm daily (except Sundays) so that
people can drop in and enjoy the trees and the life-size crib scene.
The Trees will be up until Twelfth Night.
taking part this year are Moose International, Foodbank, Vince Davey,
Positive Wealth Creation, MNDA, Star Prayer Tree, Christian Aid,
Town Council, plus Our Lady and English Martyrs' Church.
include: St Andrew's School, For The Fallen, St Andrew's Church
Choir, BARB Search & Rescue, Abbeyfield, Burnham Horticultural
Society, Burnham Infants School, Ian Higgott, Crafty Teacup, Somewhere
House, Gemini Tae Kwon-do, Childrens Hospice South West, and the
are also trees from Burnham-On-Sea.com, Lawnworx Fencing, Rotary
Club, Burnham Funeral Services, KDS Interiors, EAT/Burnham Food
Festival, Hands Of Change, Music For The Memory, Round Tower Guesthouse,
M&F Carpets and Flooring, Castlemills MOT Centre, Somerset Time
For Youth, Home Hardware and St Andrew's Church.
The Parish church tree with Rev Graham Witts and Richard Allen
vicar of St Andrew's, the Rev Graham Witts, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The Christmas tree festival began in 2008 when our nation
was faced with an economic downturn and the trees were meant to
cheer people up. The festival has grown from those first thirteen
trees to over thirty this year."
a break of a year due to preparatory works for the restoration of
the church, the Christmas tree festival is taking place again this
year," he added.
Somerset Time For Youth have their own tree at the festival
are over 30 different trees representing local businesses, charities
and community groups with decorations including strings of Brussel
sprouts and the faces of a local choral society."
Christmas Trees are complemented by our life-size stable which this
year includes a group of life-size Wise Men travelling to the stable
during the weeks leading up to Christmas."
added: "The whole idea is to celebrate the local community
and sharing together in our enjoyment, in a world where there is
not a lot of good news at the moment."
Horticultural Society's tree features vegetable decorations!
Food Festival tree has an edible theme with surprises in the branches
Hardware's tree features some of the products it sells, including
cake making items and tools
Burnham and Highbridge Town Council tree featrres the town crest
and lighthouse on top in front of the life-size crib
Positive Wealth Creation tree has a money theme with festive coins
Food Bank tree features a whole Christmas dinner at its base
and its decorations feature some of the items that are donated