Nearly £4k raised at Christmas Tree Festival

St Paul's Church annual Christmas Tree Festival. Heather Downie - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with her pupils along with church members Robert Rutherford and Douglas Muirhead.

St Paul's Church annual Christmas Tree Festival. Heather Downie - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with her pupils along with church members Robert Rutherford and Douglas Muirhead.

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This year’s Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul’s Church, Milngavie, has raised almost £3,800 for their three chosen charities.

The Festival, which returned to the church after a year’s absence, was the eighth one to be organised by the Association of Milngavie Churches.

One of the event organisers Eleanor Easton, said: “This is the biggest amount in all the years we have held a Festival.

“Visitors came in their droves at times, and were most enthusiastic about the trees which were beautiful and imaginatively decorated by the different organisations.”

They also had a varied music programme which included locals such as Ryan Corbett on the accordion, Rachel Rutherford and friends on the clarsach and Ross Fettes, a baritone.

The Allander Jazz Band played Willow Moon, and Douglas Orr and Tommy Evans performed. Some young guitarists entertained everyone as well as children from two pre-school playgroups.

The tearoom was busy most of the time and was staffed by members of all the churches in Milngavie in turn who had also provided delicious home baking.

The three charities were represented at the opening ceremony which was chaired by Rev Andrew Lees from Baldernock Parish Church in his last official duty before retiring.

The charities are: Carers Link which supports carers in East Dunbartonshire, Clober Farm spinal injuries unit which provides respite for sufferers and their families and the Angel Tree Project - which provides Christmas gifts for the children of prisoners.