St Thomas’s Annual Christmas Tree Festival held its 17th joyful event from 30th November to 5th December 2021. As a community event the festival is enjoyed by people local to Salisbury and others from further afield for whom the festival is the start of their Christmas celebrations. There is no charge to enter a tree or nativity scene and many local organisations, charities and businesses as well as individuals, schools and play groups had entries.
We were fortunate to be able to enjoy a full programme of music throughout the week. Individuals and groups of musicians as well as singing groups, choirs, and school choirs from both Primary and Secondary schools entertained our visitors. The music programme is as much a part of the Festival as the artistic exhibits. We also held four workshops in which participants made beautiful Christmas wreaths for their front doors and table decorations using natural materials.
The Church Festival Café provided delicious home baked cakes throughout the week which were very popular. The time and talents of many members of the congregation and other participating organisations make the whole event possible, overseen by a small organising committee.
Entry to visit the festival was, as always, free but donations were welcomed at the exit in aid of two local charities and the church itself. Thanks to the generosity of visitors making donations and the profits from the Festival Café and the Craft Workshops, the church has been able to donate £4,444.06 to each of two charities in 2021, Wessex Stoma Support Group and The Children’s Society. The Church itself benefits from an equal sum towards its maintenance and upkeep.
Benefiting Charities for the 2022 Christmas Tree Festival
We welcome applications from charities to be considered as beneficiaries of the 2022 Festival provided they have entered a tree in a previous Festival. If you would like your organisation or charity to be considered in 2022 please apply in writing to The Organisers, Christmas Tree Festival Committee, at The Parish Office, St Thomas’s House, St Thomas’s Square, Salisbury, SP1 1BA before June 1st 2022. The Committee meets in early June to consider applications and select the two beneficiaries.
Entering a Tree or Nativity Scene in 2022
The Festival will run from the 29th November to 4th December 2022. The application form for entering a tree or nativity scene will go on line through the St Thomas’s Church website on 1st September and will be available until 31st of October 2021 when entries will close. If all the available places are taken before 31st October the entry form will be taken off line sooner. A few hard copy entries will be made available in the Church if that is your preferred way to enter.
The Rector and congregation of St Thomas’s look forward to welcoming all exhibitors, musicians, singers and visitors to the 2022 Festival.