We would like to express our very grateful appreciation to all the exhibitors, musicians and visitors who supported the fourteenth Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas’s Church in the first week of December.

At the Carols for Busy People Service on 18th December the beneficiary charities, Safe Haven and Wessex Cancer Care Trust, each received a cheque for £5,000.

The residue of the proceeds of £5,341 will go to the maintenance and redevelopment of St Thomas’s.

Many thanks are due to the generosity of over 15,000 visitors to the Festival and to our sponsors for helping us to raise such a total and to create a joyful community event in celebration of Christmas.

Diane Emsley and John Cox, Christmas Tree Festival Co-organisers on behalf of the Festival Committee