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.
As a record of the 2021 Festival, you can view and download the Festival programme by clicking on the poster (right).
You will find a list of the more than 90 entries (trees and nativity scenes), a programme of the music that was performed, details of the benefitting charities and of our sponsors.
Benefiting Charities for the 2021 Christmas Tree Festival
The organisations chosen as our beneficiaries this year were:
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 ran 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 offered four practical workshops on making Christmas decorations and arrangements for the festive table and wreaths for doors. We thank the organiser, Jerry Wilde for organising these workshops.
The Church Café provided 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 2022 Festival.