Fakenham church festival a success

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A record £39,000 was raised at this year’s Christmas Tree Festival in Fakenham parish church

This overtook the previous record of £38,000 and was particularly welcomed by rector the Rev Adrian Bell as he looks forward to retirement next summer.

He introduced the idea of such an event when he came to Fakenham in 2000 with his wife Marian and their two sons.

“The first festival in 2001 had just 26 charities and 30 trees,” he said.

“The amount raised then was £2,600 so we’ve come a long way in the meantime and no doubt in the future the festival will change as it has done each year. In my mind this was the best festival yet.

“The 76 charities raised £22,000 which will be an important addition to their annual income and I would like to thank them all for their support and encouragement. The £17,000 raised by the church will set us on the right footing to ascend the financial mountain we have to climb in 2014 by raising over £2,000 a week.

“Work has already started to organise next year’s festival which will run from November 27 until December 4. Some coaches have been booked although applications from charities to take part are not available until March 1.

Enquiries may be made to the parish office on 01328 862268 which is open Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and midday.