The Christmas Tree Festival was opened by our MP Tim Farron at a splendid reception on Thursday, 7th December, at 7 pm. Over 275 people were in St Paul’s, to be entertained by the Bay Community Singers and by the choir from our Primary School. It was an evening of Christmas music and carols, lights and candles – with mulled wine and mince pies to follow.
It is 10 years since the first Festival was held, and the theme this year is ‘The beauty of the earth’; 34 trees have been entered by different organisations and societies across the local community. Of special poignancy was the Ukrainian tree decorated by families living locally who will be separated from their loved ones for the second year.
St Paul’s is open each day from the 8th until the 29th December, apart from Christmas and Boxing Days. Entry is free, coffee/tea is available, and all donations will be shared between St Mary’s Hospice (for a cuddle bed in memory of Sue Wymer) and Bay Search and Rescue.
We are very grateful to Harry Barker of Stribers Farm, who kindly donated the church tree, no. 35!