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Tree-mendous festival of fun
Friday 13th December 2013 @ 20:33 by Lisa B

Whaley Bridge folk turned out in force for a sparkling new event in the seasonal calendar,  the Christmas Tree Festival in Holy Trinity Church.

Children from Taxal and Fernilee Primary School and Kettleshulme St James entertained at the opening night on  Friday with Christmas music,  surrounded by dozens of decorated trees, donated by local organisations and businesses.

Class Four of Taxal and Fernilee sang carols and other Christmas music and the Kettleshulme children played handbell pieces.

Rev Margaret Jones thanked the children for ‘a lovely start to the festival.’

Holy Trinity has three more family dates in the run-up to Christmas.

This Saturday and next Saturday, December 21, there will be a ‘Countdown to Christmas’  for families, from 9am-noon, including crafts for the children and refreshments.

Then on Christmas Eve at 4pm, there’s the Christingle – usually the most packed event of the year.

The Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Festival committee is providing an exciting start to Christmas, with a free, pre-Christmas disco for children from local infant and junior schools in the bowling club from 6-8pm tonight (Friday).

Sweets, donated by Swizzles of New Mills, will be part of a goody bag for each child.

Then from 8pm, the Rose Queen presentation evening at the same venue will be handing out grants to local charitable groups from the profits at the June festival.

Festival treasurer Tim Mourne, said: “The evening is our way of thanking the community for their continuing great support.” Whaley Tree Girl