Christmas Tree Festival 2021 

We were able to hold a real Christmas Tree Festival again this year – last year’s was only virtual with pictures on the web site. The Festival was held in St Peter & St Paul on Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th December. There were 21 decorated trees. The Church ones were from the Choir, the Junior Church groups MAP and Roots, and the healing group. The Friends also provided a tree and had a stall selling their preserves and showing models of the Church in the various stages of development. Trees were also decorated by St Mary’s Ballinger, the Baptist and Roman Catholic Churches in Great Missenden, Abbeyfield and Woodlands care homes, McCarthy Stone, The Great Missenden CoE School and the Gateway School, the local scouts, Great Missenden WI, the Prestwood and Great Missenden Trefoil Guild, the Chiltern Academy, the Missenden Abbey Walled Garden, and Road Farm Countryways. The tree from Road Farm was made from timber from a pallet and they had some stars made from used Covid tests! There was the usual Prayer Tree which allowed visitors to write a prayer and display this in the tree. There was also the usual tree-shaped shelves showing gifts donated by members of the Church for residents at the Old Tea Warehouse in High Wycombe.

Cream Teas were served on both afternoons and there were several stalls selling Christmassy and other items. Santa’s Workshop provided an area for children to make Christmas displays. Footfall was steady, the Festival brought in people from the community as well as Church members. The Church bell ringers had a display of ringing, showing a webcam of the bells up in the tower. People could have a go at ringing one of the bells.

The usual raffle of gifts presented by members of the Church was drawn on Sunday afternoon. Donations and takings for the raffle amounted to over £2,000 which is to be shared 50/50 between the Wycombe Refugee Partnership and Church funds.

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