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Fakenham church tree festival raises over £38K

Fakenham Xmas tree Festival2012 : After many months of planning the 12th Christmas Tree Festival at Fakenham Parish Church saw well over 25,000 people coming to the 8 day Festival, with over £38,000 raised. Tony Rothe reports.

From the opening of the Festival by the Bishop of Lynn to the closing prayer on the last evening, the church was packed with people of ages, from grannies to grandchildren, helped by favourable weather.
“In a time of great difficulty for charities within the community and during a time of recession in the nation, it was heart warming to learn that the response to the Festival had been as equally good as in previous years.” Said the Rector Rev Adrian Bell “ And this year we had no break in to contend with”.
The total raised from the event was £38,367 with a massive £21,719 raised by the 81 charities taking part. The highest amount raised by one charity was the Alzheimer Society raising £1,164 at their tree.
Visitors were asked to mark where they came from on a specially created map at the entrance to the church. This showed that people came from all over the country, and even parts of Europe, including France and Germany.
The Rector would like to thank all those who took part, especially Fakenham Garden Centre for providing all the Christmas trees free of charge, and those helping with the safety of the event - the local police force, St  John Ambulance and the Fakenham Rotary Club.
Plans are in hand for the Christmas Tree Festival in 2013. Booking of trees for charities will be taken from March 2013.
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