This Weekend: Christmas Tree Festival – 9 December 2011


The tinsel is hung and the lights are wired in. Today, 32 local businesses, organisations, and church groups decorated trees for the St Luke’s Christmas Tree Festival, the brainchild of new vicar Sally Lynch. With little over two weeks until Christmas, the event, which will be held this weekend at our north town church, will be run in a similar fashion to September’s Flower Festival.

CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS_The church's Christmas Tree Festival is open this weekend.

Families are welcome to come and look around all weekend, with St Luke’s School’s choir providing musical entertainment at 11:00am tomorrow (Saturday 10 December), and Voices Anon singing at 2:00pm on Sunday (11 December). Both have decorated trees for the festival. Refreshments will be available throughout, from stalls at the back of the building. Attendees can vote for their favourite tree by placing money in the pot in front of each one; the most popular tree’s designers will then have all money put towards their nominated charity.

HAND DECORATED_The Munchkins pre-school tree.

Tonight, a preview event was held for PCC members and those directly involved with the project. The church looked beautiful, with a wide range of designs from a wider range of tree donors. Each one is different, and the Sunday Club and Sparklers ones even feature the faces of its members.

FACE OF CHRISTMAS_Sparklers members' faces on one of the Youth Church trees.

TAKING A LOOK_Invited congregation members inspect the designs at tonight's preview event.

The Christmas Tree Festival is all this weekend at St Luke’s Church, Maidenhead. For more information, visit the church’s website at

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a twenty-something from Maidenhead in Berkshire, working for ITV News.