Tree festival to bring early festival sparkle

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St Barnabas Church, Linslade, will be crammed with more than 60 Christmas trees from local organisations from Friday until Sunday (December 5-7).

Groups, such as MIND Well Being Centre and BuzzCycles, will decorate their trees to this year’s Christmas tree festival theme which is ‘Special Gifts’ – giving their own particular take on the festive season and promoting their organisation.

During the festival there will be musical entertainment by the Gilbert Inglefield School Choir, Rock of Ages, Phoenix Choir with David Booth, Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre and Mini Theatre, South Beds Youth Voices, Middle School Cellists with Jane Wheeler and many other local musicians.

The organ will be played by local musicians John Wearmouth, Harvey Grant and Richard Watts.

Work starts in January on the restoration of the Organ at St Barnabas and the tree festival supports St Barnabas Building Repairs and the Organ Restoration.

Team vicar Rev Bernard Minton said: “This event is an important part of the parish life with a focus on the fund raising necessary to support the building work and organ restoration at St Barnabas. I am very grateful for the support from the community and look forward to welcoming you to the festival.”

The Linsdale Singers will perform on Saturday at 7.30pm under the baton of Dennis Pim. The programme will include Christmas favourites of all types.

Opening times are Friday (2-7pm), Saturday (10am-5pm), Sunday (2-5pm).

Throughout the event refreshments will be available.