For the past few years a volunteer from Chesterton House has happily decorated our Christmas Tree and taken it to join its fellows with our neighbours at the Loughborough All Saints Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival and 2021 is no exception.
This year it was Hannah on Reception that volunteered to put her creative skills into action, decorating the tree in splendid golds and reds with a large golden star adorning the very top. Jenny arrived with her scooter once again to wheel the glittering tree to the church, much to the amusement (and now apparently expectation) of the church volunteers, who were waiting to wheel us into our allocated space!
Our tree joins some very imaginative creations, with knitted decorations from Purple Pumpkin Patch on Ashby Road in Loughborough and beautiful designs from the children at the local nursery. It makes us feel like we must try harder next year! There were far too many delights to mention them all here so we'd recommend taking a trip to absorb all of the wonders for yourself.
The annual Christmas Tree Festival is now in its 11th year, with the aim to brighten up the festive period for the people of Loughborough, and to encourage visitors to feel welcomed to explore the church and enjoy the various planned events in the run-up to Christmas Day. The Team at the church have carefully thought out this year's schedule to ensure that everyone remains as safe as possible whilst still welcoming people to the event. As an Inclusive Church, everyone is welcome regardless of gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality.
The Festival is open on Saturday 18th December from 10.00am until 4.00pm with free entry. There will be some craft activities and face painting to keep young people busy, for which a small fee is payable. There are some fantastic concerts this year from the 'Choirs at Christmas' with performances from the Loughborough Male Voice Choir and Corah Female Vocal Ensemble at 7.30pm on Thursday 16th December, to the Kids Carol Take Over on Saturday 18th December at 1.30pm or the Music for Midwinter afternoon at 3.00pm on Sunday 19th December. There are also services for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day both in-person and live-streamed on their YouTube channel. Some of the activities need to be booked in advance or are chargeable so please do check for information about the activities on the church Facebook page here.
The All Saints with Holy Trinity Church has a rich history in Loughborough, with the tower dating back to the 15th century and records showing the site was a place of worship as far back in time as during the Norman and Saxon periods. It's a spectacular building with high decorative ceilings and an ornate interior, and with the addition of all the Christmas sparkle, it's well worth a visit.
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