Trees shining out for charity

Light: Fantastic
Light: Fantastic

A Garstang church has organised a Christmas Tree Festival to raise funds for and boost knowledge of local charities.

St Thomas’s at Garstang is the venue for the Festival which opens tomorrow and runs from December 6-15.

Some 17 specially decorated trees have been set up round the church, 16 in the main body of the building.

Each has been decorated by a charity according to a particular theme. Those decorating trees range from the Soroptomists and the WRVS to the British Heart Foundation.

The festival was the idea of parishioners Susan and Churchwarden Doug Willoughby.

Susan said they had the ambition to create the Festival after seeing a similar event in the Fylde some years ago: “It’s the first time we’ve done it.

“My husband and I visited a church a few years ago in Lytham St Annes and thought it would be a nice thing to do.”

St Thomas’s will also be raising funds by holding a draw and any money raised will go towards its new Parish Centre project.”

Admission will be £3 for adults and this will include two £1 charity tokens.

Further tokens can be purchased at the door. Entry for accompanied children is free and refreshments will be available.

The church will be open daily from 11am to 4pm with three exceptions - on Sunday December 9 the opening hours are noon-4pm and on Monday and Tuesday December 10 and 11 on the days of Garstang Christmas Festival the opening hours will be 11am - 9.30pm.