Letters: Richard Parr, December 13, 2016

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More than 30 beautifully and imaginatively decorated Christmas trees drew the crowds into St Faith’s Church at Gaywood for its third Tree Festival.

It was very much an event involving the whole community around Gaywood with local primary and high school pupils, members of church groups and local charities, all decorating their trees with creativity and imagination.

Thank you to the Lynn News for its excellent coverage.

In addition, two very different style concerts were presented and our sincere thanks go to our Christmas variety concert organiser and MC, Stephen Hayter, for his arranging skills and wonderful enthusiasm. The second concert featured the West Norfolk Singers and talented guitarist Lee Bigland with his two female vocalists performing as Echoes.

Any proceeds raised will go towards the general upkeep of the church where Anglicans and Methodists worship together. Continued sponsorship from East Coast Storage and Handling of Lynn and Tesco of Gaywood traders was much appreciated, as was the generosity of all those who kindly donated raffle prizes.

Throughout the festival weekend there was a lovely, family-friendly atmosphere, as visitors viewed the trees, bought hand-made craft items, listened to Christmas music, said prayers and enjoyed refreshments.

St Faith’s Rector, the Rev Julie Boyd and Methodist Minister, the Rev Andrew Maguire, join the small organising group of church members in thanking all those who those who contributed in any way to such a successful and enjoyable Festival.

Richard Parr, Juanita Hawthorne and Joan Greening

Churchwardens and chief steward of St Faith’s Church, Gaywood