Christmas Trees Light Up For Chestnut Tree House At Cuckfield Christmas Tree Festival
The Cuckfield Christmas Tree Festival is taking place this year over the weekend of the 11-13 December in the centre of the village. This is the Festival’s 13th year, which to date has raised £49,574 for charity. This year, their charity partner is Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice service for Sussex, and 81 local schools, shops, businesses, clubs and societies have donated funds towards the costs of decorating and displaying a tree in Holy Trinity Church, and you are invited to come and see the spectacle.
Cost of adult entry to the festival is £4 and children are free. In addition to the wonderful display of trees, there will be live music featuring choirs, soloists, organists, pianists and instrumentalists throughout the festival in the Grade I, listed parish church. There will also be refreshments available in ‘The Old School’ opposite the church all day, with lunch being served each day, followed by afternoon tea. All profits from the event will be split between Chestnut Tree House and Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield.
Paul Goldfinch, one of the festival planners says: “This is a very special event which the local community put heart and soul into. We hope to attract 2,500 people over the weekend to see the decorated trees which are always so imaginative. It’s a really popular event and every year we have different groups who create some amazing displays. Some trees are beautifully traditional, many are adorned with home-made decorations and several of the local organisations’ trees reflect their business in some way. For example a local tree surgeon laid his tree out on the ground with decorated logs around while the bell-ringers typically incorporate bells and ropes in their design. We are always amazed by the creativity and the results are always stunning, and visiting Cuckfield to see them, is definitely something to put on your Christmas calendar.”
The event opens at 11:30 am each day, closing at 7:30 pm on Friday, 6:30 pm on Saturday and 5 pm on Sunday, with the event ending with a Carol Service amongst the lit trees at 6pm with mulled wine and mince pies in The Old School afterwards.
Jo Smith, Chestnut Tree House Community Fundraiser thanked the Cuckfield Christmas Tree Festival Committee saying: “We are so very grateful to be part of this truly local event and to have been selected as the Charity Partner this year. I will be there myself on Thursday 10 December, decorating a tree with baubles and gingerbread men which our children have made in the ‘Wet and Dry Play Area’ at the hospice, and I hope many of the patients and their families will be able to make a trip to Cuckfield to experience the magic of the festival over the weekend.”
For further information about the event, to see the music programme or to find out more about Chestnut Tree House and the support they give to families with children with life-shortening illnesses across Sussex, visit www.cuckfieldctf.org.uk.