Thirty Christmas trees on show at St Faith’s Church, Gaywood festival

Getting ready for St Faith's Christmas Tree Festival is the Revd Julie Boyd. Picture: Ian Burt

Getting ready for St Faith's Christmas Tree Festival is the Revd Julie Boyd. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A church has been transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 30 beautifully decorated Christmas trees on show.

Getting ready for St Faith's Christmas Tree Festival is the Revd Julie Boyd. Picture: Ian Burt

Getting ready for St Faith's Christmas Tree Festival is the Revd Julie Boyd. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

St Faith's Church, Gaywood, is hosting its third Christmas tree festival and the event was officially opened yesterday evening by Anthony Isaacs, of BBC Radio Norfolk.

The opening was followed by a Christmas variety concert featuring singers, dancers and musicians arranged by Stephen Hayter, who was also the MC.

A second concert is being held tomorrow night featuring the West Norfolk Singers and guitarist Lee Bigland with Emma Bowley and Amy Howes.

The trees have all been decorated by children from Gaywood school, people from church groups and charities.


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They are on show during the festival, which is open today from 10am until 8pm, tomorrow from 10am until 6.30pm, on Sunday from 11.30pm until 6.30pm, and on Monday, from 10am until 4pm.

Anglicans and Methodists worship together at the church and St Faith's rector, the Rev Julie Boyd and Methodist minister, the Rev Andrew Maguire, hope visitors enjoy looking at the trees.

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Churchwarden Richard Parr said a lot of hard work by a small team had gone into arranging the festival, and added: 'We hope visitors will enjoy looking at our collection of trees and admire the different styles and themes that have been used in decorating them.'

Admission to the festival is free but donations are invited for the ongoing running costs of the centuries-old church on Gayton Road.

Have you organised a Christmas tree festival at your place of worship? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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