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Gaywood festival ‘a huge success’

Christmas Tree Festival at St Faiths Church Gaywood. Churchwardens Dennis Stafford (left) and Richard Parr with team rector Rev Canon Beryl Wood and the prayer tree.

Christmas Tree Festival at St Faiths Church Gaywood. Churchwardens Dennis Stafford (left) and Richard Parr with team rector Rev Canon Beryl Wood and the prayer tree.

Hundreds of adults and children converged on St Faith’s Church at Gaywood over the weekend to enjoy its first Christmas Tree Festival.

Church organisations, pupils from Gaywood primary schools and a host of charities provided 31 colourfully decorated and illuminated trees in the church.

Sir Jeremy Bagge, from Stradsett Hall, opened the festival on Thursday, watched by Borough Mayor Geoffrey Wareham and the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick.

And the bishop gave the audience a treat when he spontaneously burst into a song, entitled Words, from a CD he has produced to help raise funds for the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House.

Two concerts were staged as part of the festival, which ended on Monday. A variety concert arranged by local actress and singer Amanda Arterton, featuring soloists and two choirs, took place on Friday and Lynn Town Band performed on Saturday.

Organisers described the festival as “a huge success”.

 

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