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Swaffham Christmas Tree Festival set to bring charities together




Now in its ninth year, the Swaffham Christmas Tree Festival will get under way tomorrow with 29 charities on board for the event.

The festival, which runs until December 7, raises funds for the St Peter and St Paul Church as well as participating groups.

All the charities and groups involved will have a tree to decorate with Age Concern, the Merle Boddy Centre, Swaffham WI, Macmillan, Norse Care and Iceni Stiches among those taking part.

Swaffham Campingland Surgery's tree last year with staff members included in the display
Swaffham Campingland Surgery's tree last year with staff members included in the display

Organiser Keith Creed said the event was originally started by his wife Gill after it was decided during a church committee meeting that funds needed to be raised to replace the stained glass windows in the church.

The event will be open from 10am to 4pm each day. On Sunday the church will invite visitors into the building after an Advent service at 6.30pm. The service follows the town’s Christmas lights switch-on.

Mr Creed said: “It is lovely to see all the trees and people coming in.

Organiser Gill Creed at last year's event
Organiser Gill Creed at last year's event

“It’s not so much about raising vast amounts but it does bring people into the church which is such a beautiful building.

“We are confident it will be another good year. The total raised last year for the church and charities was around £4,500 to £5,000”.

Mrs Creed, owner of the Just Hair Salon, has a waiting list of organisations hoping to take part in the future.


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