A Tree-mendous festive charity effort

St Paul's Church Christmas Tree Festival music recital opening day. David Jack - Friendship House and Hugh McKenna - Chanan Glasgow.

St Paul's Church Christmas Tree Festival music recital opening day. David Jack - Friendship House and Hugh McKenna - Chanan Glasgow.

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The fifth Christmas Tree Festival in St Paul’s Church, Milngavie, was a huge success and raised over £3,000 for their chosen charities.

This year they were - Chanan Glasgow, which is a Christian charity for the homeless in Glasgow. The Fraser Centre in the village, run by Milngavie Old People’s Welfare Association, and Friendship House in Park Road, Milngavie, which is a Christian centre run by volunteers from all the local churches and provides snacks and light meals.

The festival which had 30 trees decorated by a very diverse group of organisations from schools to churches and youth organisations in exchange for a donation opened on Saturday, November 29 and ran until Friday, December 5.

Music was provided by a wide range of local musicians and there was a tea room with delicious home baking.

Eleanor Easton who helped to organise the event, which is run under the auspices of the Association of Milngavie Churches, was delighted by the response and warm support of the whole community.

She said: “We are thrilled that so many people came along and that we have been able to raise such a substantial sum for our nominated charities.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported us and helped us to donate money to such worthwhile causes.”