Alan Garner opens Christmas Tree Festival

The second Alderley Edge Christmas Tree Festival was officially opened at lunchtime today, Friday November 26th, by local author Alan Garner.

Alderley Edge Methodist Church looks stunning, decorated with 57 Christmas trees of all shapes, sizes, colours, and types which have been contributed by local organisations, schools and businesses. Each of the trees is different and a tremendous amount of time and creativity has gone in to producing a unique tree which tells something about their particular interest, what their organisation represents or what their business is about.

Introducing Alan Garner, Judy Povey, Church Secretary, said "Alan Garner has a very strong connection with our church and we feel very privileged that he is giving his time, in what has been a exceptionally busy year for him, to officially open our second Christmas Tree Festival."

Alan Garner, who recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the publication of his classic book 'The Weirdstone of Brisingamen', opened the festival with a reading from The Stone Book Quarter. The book is set in Alderley Edge and celebrates the association of Alan's family with Alderley Edge Methodist Church. This was followed by a special lunchtime concert featuring flautist Stephanie Tepper, accompanied by pianist Russell Lomas.

The 2010 Christmas Tree Festival, which is in aid of the Spire Appeal 'Time for the Future', is on until Sunday, 28th November.

A whole programme of events has been put together, including an Advent Concert by the talented United Christian Singers this evening and tomorrow evening will see the popular Pemberton Old Wigan Band perform. A Big Christmas Sing, in aid of Christian Aid, is taking place on Sunday afternoon, followed a Festival of Light Service at 4.30pm to welcome in the Season of Advent.

Visitors can call in anytime to view the stunning display and refreshments, stalls, crafts and bell ringers will be available throughout the festival. Father Christmas is even set to make an appearance on Saturday afternoon between 2 and 4pm.

For more information call the church Office on 01625 586713 or see our events calendar.

Alan Garner, Alderley Edge Methodist Church, Christmas Tree Festival, Time for the Future Spire Appeal


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Lisa Reeves
Wednesday 8th December 2010 at 8:02 am
We have just been informed that this year's Christmas Tree Festival raised nearly £4000 for the Church Spire Appeal. Congratulations.