Don’t miss tree-mendous festival at St Paul’s Church

St Paul's Church, Milngavie. Milngavie churches Milngavie Christmas Tree Festival to raise funds for St Margarets Hospice and Tearfund with Provost Gotts.  16.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
St Paul's Church, Milngavie. Milngavie churches Milngavie Christmas Tree Festival to raise funds for St Margarets Hospice and Tearfund with Provost Gotts. 16.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

ST PAUL’S Church in Milngavie will soon be filled with colourful Christmas trees for the Christmas Tree Festival.

The festival, organised by the Milngavie Association of Churches from December 1 until December 7, invites organisations from throughout the area to buy a tree and adorn it - to raise money for St Margaret’s Hospice and Tearfund.

Over 30 trees, which have been lovingly decorated by churches, schools, youth organisations, clubs, societies and some other novel groups, will be on display

One of the organisers, Eleanor Easton, said: “We expect the usual imagination and flair to be demonstrated and are looking forward to a wonderful variety of trees.

“Apart from the beautiful trees there will be a feast of music from a wide range of local musicians, including the New Kilpatrick Ceilidh Band, Melody Box, the Jordanhill Handbell Ringers, school and church choirs, pupils from the music school of Douglas Academy and several solo performers.

“Full details are to be found on notices throughout the village. Visitors can also enjoy a cuppa with some delicious homebaking.

“St Margaret’s Hospice needs no introduction to anyone in this area because we all know how much their care and compassion mean to so many in the community when they are particularly vulnerable.

“Tearfund is an international, interdenominational Christian relief agency which works through local churches in many of the world’s poorest countries. This year their Christmas Appeal focuses on Nepal.”

Provost Eric Gotts helped to launch the festival and said: “I’m really delighted to lend my support to this year’s Christmas Tree Festival.

“This unique initiative by the Milngavie churches is a win/win situation for everyone.

“Community organisations have the convenience of buying a Christmas tree locally and all profits go to charity.

“I’m confident this year’s festival will be as succesful as previous years.”

The festival is being held in St Paul’s Church, Milngavie, and will be open each day from 10am until 4pm except Sunday when the hours are 1pm until 4pm. Everyone is most welcome - feel free to go along more than once.