The Christmas Tree Festival takes place in Nunney Church from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 December, including a choir concert and carol service.
Following on from the success of previous festivals, the Flower Show and Church Fund-Raising Committees are, once again, staging this interesting and spectacular event.
12 Days of Christmas Tree Festival
10am-5pm, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December
Christmas trees decorated by local families and organisations in a ‘Twelve days of Christmas’ theme will be on show at Nunney Church. Join the fun to vote for your favourite. Free entry. There will be tokens to buy, 5 for £1 to help you vote for your favourite tree or trees. Refreshments available, so you can munch on a mince pie with a cuppa and enjoy the festive decorations!
Castle Cary Community Choir
7pm, Friday 1 December
This well-renowned, very large choir will perform a collection of choral and festive songs. Tickets £8 on the door to include drinks, nibbles and preview of the trees.
Carols among the trees service
4.30-5pm, Sunday 3 December
Come and enjoy a short carol service ‘Carols Among the Trees’ on Sunday, which will run from 4.30 to 5pm. After the service, the church will stay open until 6.30pm so that all trees can be collected and dismantled.
Enter your tree
Individuals and groups from Nunney and surrounding villages are invited to decorate a tree with a ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ theme. Trees should at least 3ft [90cm] high in their own container – power points for lights can be provided at request. It can be a fresh or an artificial tree.
If you would like to decorate a tree for this year’s festival, then please get in touch.
You can either message the committee via the Nunney Flower Show facebook page, email [email protected], or you can call the acting Vice Chair, Emily Forrester on 07827 535554.
The trees must be decorated within the Twelve Days of Christmas theme, but there is lots of scope for creativity. Why not focus on the animals from the song? Or have a tree entirely decorated with ‘Lords a leaping’?
Trees are not provided, so you will need to bring your own, but a table can be provided to raise up your tree if it is small.
Trees will need to be set up on Thursday 30 November, and the Church will be open from 3pm to 6.30pm for this purpose.
Visit Nunney CIC will once again take part in the Christmas Tree Festival.
For visitors who just wish to view, the church will be open between 10am and 5pm on both Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December.
All monies raised go towards supporting the Flower Show and general maintenance for the Postlebury Churches.
The Visit Nunney tree
Visit Nunney is a community interest company run by a Dutch resident of Nunney. Our tree at this year’s festival is inspired by the traditional Delft blue and white ceramics. It features hand-painted gingerbread milkmaids and cows.
Delftware was an imitation of Chinese pottery that became popular during the 17th century ‘Golden Age’ in Holland.
Although the northern states of the Netherlands were largely protestant, merchants took great pleasure in showing off their wealth in art and jewellery. The tree reflects this in the use of pearls and diamonds as decorative elements.