A Festival of Christmas Trees...

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During the second week of December our Parish Church was transformed into a Christmas tree extravaganza.
On Monday December 3rd the 38 trees were delivered from Weston Sawmills & Nursery, all still in their netting wrappers they stood outside Church like an army of ghostly trees from Tuscany.

The Steering Committee soon got to work staging and siting the trees, and providing the network of electrical cables and sockets required to get power to each location when there are only six power points within the Church itself.

It was then down to the 34 village and local organisations to decorate the trees before the end of Thursday evening - and what a transformation took place both in the Church and down the path.

St.Chad's Bellringers rang in the start of the Festival on the Friday morning, as they did each day, and - not knowing just how many and who would visit - we held our breath. Not for long! the first visitors were soon arriving and judging from their reactions we knew we were on to something big!

Over the weekend we calculated in excess of 1500 people, of all ages, visited our Church and marvelled at the imagination and creativity of the decorators.

Best Tree Competition
The tree voted the visitors' favourite was the one decorated by St.Chad's Primary School, in second place that done by Martin Thomas Butchers, and in third place The Pattingham Farmers. We thank all those people who decorated trees - without you there would have been no Festival.

Tree Decorators
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1. The Churchwardens & their wives

2. St. Mary's Church, Patshull
3. St. Chad's Youth Group
4. Pattingham First Responders
5. St. Chad's Bellringers
6. Pattingham Farmers
7. The CHAD Singers
8. Pattingham Probus Club
9. Pattingham Playing Fields
10. Tuesday Trekkers
11. St. Chad's Sunday School
12. Walford & North Shropshire College
13. P.A.W.S.
14. Pattingham Village Pre-School
15. Pattingham Parent & Todler Group
16. Pattingham Drama Group
17. St. Chad's Social Committee
18. Pattingham Painters
19. St. Chad's Church Choir
20. Pattingham Flower Club
21. Pattingham & Patshull Parish Council
22. St. Chad's C of E (C) Nursery
23. 1st Pattingham Brownies
24. Wombourne Neighbourhood Police (Pattingham Area)
25. Pattingham Parochial Church Council
26. 1st Pattingham Scout Group
27. St. Chad's Fellowship
28. Pattingham Bowlers
29. Soroptimist International of W-ton
30. Clavery/Pattingham Medical Practice
31. Patchwork Drama
32. Martin Thomas Butcher
33. Pattingham Village Hall
34. St. Chad's C of E (C) Primary School

The Voting Results

A total of 994 votes was cast. The top ten vote counts were:-

1st - St Chad's C of E (C) primary School - 132 votes
2nd - Martin Thomas Butchers - 122 votes
3rd - Pattingham Farmers - 94 votes
4th - Claverley/Pattingham Medical Practice - 60 votes
5th - Pattingham Flower Club - 57 votes
6th - St. Chad's C of E (C) Nursery - 43 votes
7th - South Staffs First Responders - 38 votes
8th - Pattingham Bellringers - 36 votes
9th - St. Chad's Social Committee - 34 votes
10th - St. Chad's Sunday School - 33 votes
11th - Soroptimist Intl. of Wolverhampton - 32 votes
12th - Pattingham Village Pre-School - 31 votes

The outright winner received a large tin of sweets with a framed and signed winners certificate presented by John Daimond, our Priest in charge.

1st prize - Iced Christmas Cake
2nd prize - 2 Pantomine Tickets
3rd prize - Food Hamper

This fantastic work of art had been made and donated by Norma Challinor as first prize in the raffle - it was won by Mrs Muggleston from Telford; second prize of two Pantomime tickets given by Wolverhampton Grand Theatre went to the Scarth family in Newgate; and the Christmas hamper donated by Jennings Funeral Directors found its way up to Upper Westbeech and the Hill household.

 Musical Interludes
The musical interludes varied from Mike Richards on classical guitar to schoolchildren singing, from organ music to choral singing, and from keyboard playing to 'Aftershave' barbershop singing - we thank all who entertained us over the three days.

During the Festival there was...

St Chad's School Choir - (Friday, 2.00pm)

Bell Ringing by Pattingham Church Bell Ringers (daily)

Organ Music by Colin Harper, St Chad's Organist (weekend)

The Chad Singers - Sunday Evensong (6.30pm)

Classical Guitar
by Mike Richards of Perton, Tel: 01902 758786 (daily at 12.00 noon)

'Aftershave' - Barber Shop Singers (performing at 4.00 and 5.00pm on Saturday)

Christopher Dain on his keyboard - 'Christmas Cracker' - (Friday 6.30pm & Sunday 4.00pm)

Background Music of Christmas Carols
and Songs.

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The Steering Committee would also like to thank the many people who helped steward the event, or made and served refreshments to the hundreds of visitors.

Thanks also to Bob Owen for creating the artwork we have used for the Festival logo.

Likewise we are indebted to the many individuals or organisations who gave donations or sponsorship towards the running costs of the Festival - through your generosity and that of our visitors we have achieved the magnificent sum of £6,959 to go towards Church funds.
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We had great fun planning and administrating the Festival and we hope those of you who visited also enjoyed the experience and took away a little of our Church Fellowship to your homes for Christmas.

 Comments we received...
"They are all wonderful - Such a lot of thought and work"

"I loved the photos (Tree No.1 - Churchwardens) - the idea was super"

"They're ALL fanastic - Well done everyone, Thank you"

"Super display - Thank you"

"A wonderful display - Just shows what a very close village is Pattingham"

"Very creative"

" They are ALL brilliant"

"Thank you to everyone who has taken time for us all to be able to enjoy this event,
Blessings to you all"

"We thought your Christmas trees were lovely, Thank you"

" Congratulations to the Wardens and all the Committee - How lovely the Christmas Tree Festival was. The thought and care and originality of the 'dressing' of the trees was splendid"

On Air with WCRFM 101.8
On Sunday 1st December 2007, Chrissie Ringrose and Mike Coope were invited along to the studio of WCRFM to talk about the Festival with DJ, Jason Forest. They spent around 20 minutes discussing the Festival, which all helped to promote the event around the local community.

Steering Committee Members
Dave & Liz Sampson, Dave & Norma Challinor
Mike Coope, Chrissie Ringrose

Photography by Janet Bramall and Mike Coope