The first Christmas Tree Festival and ice rink to be hosted by St Wulfram’s Church will take place in November.
More than 50 businesses, schools, community groups and individuals are already signed up to put a tree in the church.
Rector of St Wulfram’s Father Stuart Cradduck said it was an opportunity for people to celebrate eveything that is good about Grantham. He said the ice rink would be a fun activity, adding: “Never before has such a building with such iconic significance been used in this way.”
He added: “We really hope that people will see this festival as a way to let their hair down, see some wonderful creations in the form of trees and have a go on the skating rink. I’ve been in Grantham now for just over a year and what strikes me more than anything else is the huge potential within this town. There is so much wonderful stuff happening out there and I hope this festival gives people a chance to showcase who they are and to celebrate what they are doing.
“We have been so blessed by people in their giving to save the spire, and I, for one, think it’s about time that we, as the church, built upon all the things we are currently doing to help the poor and needy within Grantham and beyond and to show that this building is here to be used! Of course, it will always be a sacred space, but as well as that, we hope that everyone will re-discover it as a community resource for everyone.”
The celebrations start at 5pm on Tuesday, November 24, with a candle-lit procession to the church to switch on the Christmas tree lights. At 7.30pm there will be a ‘Slip and Sip’ ticketed event to open the skate rink. On November 25 and 26, the festival will be open to the public from 10am to 8pm. Entry is £2 per person and children get in free. Skating will be from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm.
On Friday, November 27, the festival will be open until 9pm with an ice skating disco on from 4pm to 8pm. On Saturday, November 28, the festival will continue at the same time and there will be a local craft and produce market and children’s activities.
On Sunday, November 29, there will be a said Eucharist at 8am, followed by a family and parade service on the skating rink, including the annual toy service. The festival and skating will continue and the annual parish Advent carol servi ce will take place at 6.30pm.
To put a tree in the festival visit the church website (www.stwulframs.org.uk) for an application form. Tickets to skate are £5 per adult and £3 per child. This includes 30 minutes’ skating and free skate hire. For more details contact the parish office on 01476 561342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com