Hucknall Christmas Tree Festival receives huge community support

Hucknall Christmas Lights Switch-on.''Hucknall Parish Church held a Christmas Tree Festival, pictured is event organiser Janet Archer, right, with  Sylvie Newton, centre, who received flowers for her help in organising the event Sheila Robinson from Hucknall Regeneration Group who supported the event.

Hucknall Christmas Lights Switch-on.''Hucknall Parish Church held a Christmas Tree Festival, pictured is event organiser Janet Archer, right, with Sylvie Newton, centre, who received flowers for her help in organising the event Sheila Robinson from Hucknall Regeneration Group who supported the event.

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Organisers of Hucknall’s Christmas Tree Festival are delighted that nearly 70 organisations in Hucknall have signed up for this year’s event which takes place from Wednesday 4th December until Saturday 7th December. The Festival has gone from strength to strength with thousands of visitors from Hucknall and beyond, since it was launched during the heavy snow of 2010.

This year over 20 new groups such as the I Love Hucknall Town Team, Foster Plus, Action on Hearing Loss and Hucknall Town FC have signed up to take part, as well as some old favourites, such as The Sweet Cafe, Hucknall Dolls House Group and Newstead Brass, as well as many schools, nurseries and youth groups. Each group has made a small donation to take part in the festival and so far over £400 has been raised, which will be passed on to Hucknall Rotary on Saturday 7th December to be used for local charities and good causes.

The Festival will be opened at 6pm on Wednesday 4th December in conjunction with Carnival Night, by last years’ winners - Hey Days Day Services at Buzzard Court and 1st Hucknall Brownies. It will now be open all day Thursday and Friday between 10am and 8pm with a final session on Saturday from 10 am till 12 noon. There will once again be prizes for the best trees, one for the adult groups and one for the younger groups. Visitors to the Festival will be able to vote up until Friday evening with the winners being announced on Saturday morning.

Refreshments will be available during the Festival including hundreds of mince pies donated by Greggs, Birds and Tesco’s who are supporting this community event. All proceeds from the sale of refreshments will go to the church fund.

Any groups who would like to perform during the Festival, or any large groups who would like to visit from schools and residential homes are urged to get in touch with the Church Warden, David Hosking via their website www.hucknall-parish-church.org.uk.

Janet Archer, Director at Specsavers, who founded the Festival said “We’re so excited that the community is getting behind this event again - it’s a chance for everyone to see what a wide variety of business and groups we have in Hucknall and enjoy a magical event to start off the festive season.

“I’m grateful to all the participants and volunteers who make the Festival possible.”