Charitable Sheringham Christmas tree festival to start this week

A packed programme of festive entertainment is on offer at St Peter's Church, Sheringham, as part of the town's fourth annual Christmas tree festival.

More than 40 trees decorated by local and national charities and good causes will be on display, with visitors also invited to browse gift stalls, tuck into festive fare and enjoy performances by local piano, accordion and guitar soloists.

Other entertainment will be provided by north Norfolk groups including Jefferson's Mandolins, Sheringham Primary School choir, Cromer and Sheringham Brass Band and the Sing for Joy choir, with the church also hosting a festival concert and a carol service featuring Sheringham Evening Women's Institute members.

The event, which is organised a team of volunteers from St Peter's Church and St Andrew's Methodist Church, last year attracted 3,000 visitors and raised more than £6,000 for charities ranging from Holt Youth Project and Sheringham Woodfields School, to Riding for the Disabled, the Depression Alliance and the Alzheimer's Society.

The vicar of St Peter's, the Rev Christian Heycocks, said the festival had grown to become a major event in the town's calendar, with people travelling from all over the county to see the trees.

He appealed for more volunteers to help organise the event which next year will be held at St Andrew's Church on Cromer Road.

'As word has spread, the festival has got bigger and bigger,' Mr Heycocks added. 'We see it as the churches' gift to the town and the community and, as such, we would be really pleased to hear from anyone who would like to get involved next year.'

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Sheringham Christmas tree festival runs at St Peter's Church, Church Street, from today, December 12, until December 17.

Opening times are: Today and Friday, 10.30am-5.30pm, Saturday, 10am-7pm and Sunday, 2pm-6pm.

The festival concert is on Saturday at 7.30pm, with a festival service taking place on Sunday at 6.30pm.

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