30th November to 5th December 2021
St Thomas’s Annual Christmas Tree Festival is a community event which is enjoyed not only by people local to Salisbury but also many who travel long distances specially to visit.
In 2020, as a result of the pandemic restrictions, we held our first online Christmas Tree Festival. Local organisations, charities, businesses as well as individuals, and schools entered photographs of their trees, and musicians sent in recordings of musical performances, choral and instrumental. As ever the ingenuity of the entries was a delight.
We are continuing with arrangements for the 2021 Festival to be held in the Church again in the hope that the situation will have eased further and life will have returned to a greater degree of cautious normality. However, it would be wise for everyone involved in any way to bear in mind that things could change and we do not rule out the possibility of a second Online Festival.
Entering a Tree or Nativity Scene in 2021 – Register now
The festival will run from the 30th November to 5th December 2021. There is no charge for making an entry. The registration form green button for entering a tree or nativity scene is at the bottom of this page below ‘More about the Festival’. It will remain there through September until the 31st of October 2021 when entries will close. If all the available places are taken before the 31st of October the entry form will be taken off line sooner. A few hard copy entry forms will be made available in the Church if that is your preferred way to enter.
Benefiting Charities for the 2021 Christmas Tree Festival
The organisations chosen as our beneficiaries this year are:
The Children’s Society
The Children’s Society provide specialist support that empowers young people to make positive changes and rediscover their hope. Young people go to the Society when they have low self-esteem, are living in families who can’t afford the next meal or when there is no one else to lean on. Refugee and migrant children look to the society for guidance when they arrive alone in this country.
The Society sees teenagers who want to quit drugs or alcohol, who maybe looking after their mum or dad or siblings and find that becomes more than they bargained for or who have been taken advantage of and find themselves carrying drugs to far away towns. They all want a future they can look forward to and the Society works to ensure they get it by working alongside these young people their families and the community creating a society fit for all children.
Wessex Stoma Support Group
Wessex Stoma Support Group provides non-medical support and advice to all ostomates and their families throughout all stages of ostomy surgery, prior to surgery, during hospital stay and aftercare. This might include home or hospital visits by their trained members, or simply a phone call.
Their aim is to work closely with Salisbury District Hospital for the benefit of group members, or any ostomates looking to join the group, and inform health professionals of the need for support groups for ostomates. They provide a friendly ear, social gatherings, support and information to patients at the stoma clinic at Salisbury District Hospital and at other hospitals when requested.
More about the Festival
We hope to run a full programme of music again throughout the week. Individuals and groups of musicians as well as singing groups, choirs, and school choirs from both Primary and Secondary schools entertain our visitors. The music programme is as much a part of the Festival as the artistic exhibits.
We are delighted to be able to offer four practical workshops on making Christmas decorations and arrangements for the festive table and wreaths for your doors. These will be held in St Thomas’s House, next to the church on Saturday 4th December 2-5pm, Sunday 5th December 2-5pm and Monday the 6th December, 10-12 noon and 2-5pm. If you would like to book a place on one of these workshops please contact the organiser, Jerry Wilde, on email@example.com or on 01722 333191.
The Church Café will provide delicious home cooked refreshments throughout the week which is very popular. The time and talents of many members of the congregation and all the participating organisations make the whole event possible, overseen by a small organising committee.
Entry to visit the Festival is free but donations are welcome as visitors leave. Thanks to the generosity of visitors making donations and the profits from the Festival Café, the church is able to donate equal sums to the two chosen charities and the Church itself benefits from an equal sum towards its maintenance and upkeep.
The Rector and congregation of St Thomas’s look forward to welcoming all exhibitors, musicians, singers and visitors to the 2021 Festival.