Christmas 2013

Christmas Tree Festival 2013

Our very first Christmas Tree Festival - and the first in Whaley Bridge - takes place in Holy Trinity church over the weekend Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December. Dozens of trees, sponsored by local businesses and organisations will light up the church and signal that Christmas is on its way.

The timetable:

  • Friday 6 December: from 6.30 -8pm onwards. Children from our two church schools - Taxal and Fernilee primary and Kettleshulme St James - will entertain at the opening event. About 20 members of Class 4 at Taxal and Fernilee will be singing Christmas songs, including the Tudor Wassailing carol. Handbell ringers from Kettleshulme St James will provide a different Christmas mood sound.
  • Saturday 7 December: 10am-4pm, the trees will be on view (admission £1), Refreshments will be available all day, with a tombola and raffle.
  • Sunday 8 December: 12 noon-4pm. Trees on display, with full refreshment service and further opportunities to win a prize on the tombola or raffle. The organiser thank businesses and organisations that have supported the event with a tree ( and paid the £15 fee) as well as giving prizes for tombola and raffle. We appreciate the work of volunteers with the refreshments, and most of all we appreciate the public for their support and visits.

One of the organisers, Eveline Hughes, said: "Thank you to the community of Whaley Bridge for such great support." Tree sponsors can retrieve their tree after 4pm on Sunday or between 10am-2pm on the Monday.

Profits from the event, organised by the communication group, will go towards funding the free copies of he parish magazine, which are available to the public at several outlets. We will also be making a contribution to another charity.

Here we come a-wassailing: singers from Taxal and Fernilee school will entertainat opening night

Christingle, the best way to approach Christmas

Christingle 2012: Children entranced by the nativity story
Christingle 2012: Children entranced by the nativity story

FOUR o' clock on Christmas Eve. It could be out-of-control excitement for children - or you could bring them to Holy Trinity church on Buxton Road for the annual Christingle service. Guaranteed to calm everyone down in the final build up to Christmas.

Christingle has been a tradition at Holy Trinity for years. At the centre of the service, which will be conducted by the Rev Margaret Jones, is the nativity story. Usually, there is a youngish baby, with mum and dad playing the parts of the holy family.

The orange - which represents the world, with ribbon, candle and sweeties attached, is a delightful part of the tradition. Children seeing it for the first time are amazed.

Come early, because it's always a full house. Enjoy the respite of calm and beautiful Christmas carols. Then you can go home to deal with preparations, happy that you came.

Welcome to Holy Trinity!

Orange, symbol of Christingle
Orange, symbol of Christingle