ChristmasTree festivals 2013

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undefinedThese are taking place across our diocese and are becoming an increasingly popular feature. For the first time Chester Cathedral is hosting a tree festival - it's now underway, and a big one held annually at St George's church, Heaviley, Stockport, has just taken place.

The Chester Cathedral festival features more than 40 Christmas trees, transforming the cathedral cloisters into a winter walkway. A community-focused event, it includes trees decorated by schools and businesses from Chester and Cheshire.

Proceeds from cathedral festival will go to local charity Hospice of the Good Shepherd.  There is a ‘memory tree’ which allows visitors to write messages to loved ones who have passed away on star decorations and hang them from the branches. The exhibition will run until  6 January and will be open daily.

There will be a tree festival and fair at St Peter’s church, Little Budworth, near Tarporley, on Saturday 14 December. The festival starts from 10am in the church. The fair will be held in the Village Hall from 2pm. A short Christmas-themed service will also be held – at 4pm in the church. Refreshments, a tombola, bric-a-brac and craft stalls will feature as part of the fair. For more information, phone 01829 760592 or 01829 760751.

Pictured - the Christmas tree festival in the cloisters of Chester Cathedral. Photo by Clare Evans