Fakenham church Christmas tree fest goes virtual
Fakenham Parish Church will be holding its renowned Christmas Tree Festival again soon, but there will be no trees in the church this year as the festival will be on-line. Tony Rothe reports.
The festival organising team had a lengthy debate back in April before deciding that they had no choice but to go virtual, which they now regard as admirable foresight! Plans are now well advanced, with the festival going live on Thursday November 26.
The festival will comprise of a succession of Christmas tree videos, running daily from 6.30pm each evening until Thursday December 3. The videos have all been filmed and are being edited ready for release. These can be accessed through the festival website: fakenhamchristmastreefestival.co.uk.
There will also be a Town Trail. Take a tour round the shop windows in Fakenham, and find the Christmas story characters. Download an entry form with full instructions from the festival website or pick up a paper copy from Sew Sweet in the Market Place or Bailey Bird and Warren in Bridge Street. Participants are urged to stay safe and follow all Covid guidelines as they go round the town. The closing date is December 20.
Unfortunately, it will not be possible to proceed with the planned live-streamed service on ‘Festival Sunday’, but there will be a pre-recorded service on the website.
The organisers are asking those businesses which offered to have a Christmas Tree themed display to do this whenever they can and individual households to use this current lockdown to create exciting and imaginative displays for their homes.
They said “Fakenham will be ‘Christmas Tree Town’ again this year. Whatever its limitations, and whatever the obstacles, there will be a Fakenham Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival in 2020!”
Visit : fakenhamparishchurch.org.uk
The photo of a previous festival is courtesy of Keith Osborn.
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