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Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival starts today

PUBLISHED: 06:17 01 December 2016

Setting up of the Christmas Tree Festival at the Parish Church in Fakenham. Pictured is Fakenham Junior School pupil Amber (11). Picture: Ian Burt

Setting up of the Christmas Tree Festival at the Parish Church in Fakenham. Pictured is Fakenham Junior School pupil Amber (11). Picture: Ian Burt

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in Fakenham and anyone who visits the parish church over the next week won’t fail to feel festive.

Setting up of the Christmas Tree Festival at the Parish Church in Fakenham. Pictured is Jackie Greenhalf of the North Norfolk Diabetes Group. Picture: Ian BurtSetting up of the Christmas Tree Festival at the Parish Church in Fakenham. Pictured is Jackie Greenhalf of the North Norfolk Diabetes Group. Picture: Ian Burt

The annual Christmas Tree Festival starts there today and this year 54 charities and organisations have decorated trees on the pews, up the aisle and into the chancel.

There are decorations and lights of every colour, from the blue of the Wells RNLI to the green of Ellie’s Love. There are even knitted hat decorations from the knitting group, horses for North Norfolk Riding for the Disabled and pompom owls for the Hawk and Owl Trust.

All the trees have again been donated by Fakenham Garden Centre.

It also includes six prayer trees for people to remember lost loved ones. The prayers are offered at a special service in January.

Setting up of the Christmas Tree Festival at the Parish Church in Fakenham. Pictured is Christine Owen from the Debra charity. Picture: Ian BurtSetting up of the Christmas Tree Festival at the Parish Church in Fakenham. Pictured is Christine Owen from the Debra charity. Picture: Ian Burt

A Christmas bazaar will be selling a wide range of Christmas goods along with refreshments, a tombola and a raffle.

Fakenham’s 16th Christmas Tree Festival starts today

and runs until Thursday, December 8 between 10am and 8pm daily (12pm to 8pm on Sunday).

Entrance is free, but bring a bag of coins to place at the charity trees of your choice.

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