Thetford Methodist Church launches Christmas tree festival fundraiser

Teh Methodist Church in Thetford set up for their annual Christmas Tree Festival.Eileen Roberts, Nev

Teh Methodist Church in Thetford set up for their annual Christmas Tree Festival.Eileen Roberts, Neville Hodson, Vernon Keighley and Joy Osborne. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

A church is inviting people in to enjoy its display of more than 50 Christmas trees specially decorated for charity.

Thetford Methodist Church, on Tanner Street, launched its 'Carols and Candlelight' Christmas Tree Festival yesterday, with more than 50 trees on show.

Decorated by individuals, groups, organisations, businesses and schools in the town, the trees had a grand switch on by Thetford mayor, Robert Kybird.

The trees, which depict Christmas carols and candle displays, are intended to remind visitors of the warmth, softness and comfort of candlelight. Many of the displays feature knitted elements as well.

The festival has been running for the past 16 years, raising thousands of pounds for several charities.

This year donations are being sought for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and the church itself.

The festival is open from 10am to 4.30pm until Sunday, December 13.

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A team quiz is also being held as part of the festival, taking place on Thursday at 7.30pm.

To enter, call 01842 753298.

A schools' carol celebration takes place on Friday at 1.45pm at the church

Christmas lunches will be served from 12pm on Saturday.

On Sunday, Superintendent Minister Rev David Ely will lead a worship among the trees from 10.30am.

The Carols by Candlelight choir performance will be the closing event from 4pm on Sunday.

Refreshments and home crafted cards will be available, and seasonal music will be provided by the church choir, saxophone groups, street organists and the Thetford Methodist Players at various times.