Mossley church turned into forest of Christmas trees

A MOSSLEY church was turned into a veritable monument to the town’s creative side as its Christmas tree festival raised £1,069.

And the Correspondent indulged as we had a tree on display at St George’s.

Local businesses all contributed to the display at the Stamford Street church by sponsoring a tree – and this newspaper is no exception.

Our editor-in-chief Aimee Belmore helped decorate our entry to the festival in the church with baubles and tinsel and some of the front pages we have produced over the course of 2019.

As well as adorning the church for the third edition of the event, which ran from Friday, December 13 to Sunday, December 15, there was a serious side as the money raised will be shared between the church and Emmaus Mossley.

Staff from Elizabeth Way decorating their tree

The weekend’s events starting on the Friday saw the church open all day before a special evening event with special guest Terry Waite MBE attending.

Entertainment was provided by Mossley Hollins High School band, local primary schools and it was attended by Tameside’s Civic Mayor, Councillor Leigh Drennan.

Saturday saw a full day of action with breakfast with Santa, with refreshments provided by the Brownies and rose queens, followed by an open day and a concert featuring St John’s Band.

Then Sunday saw the church open from noon until 5pm for more visitors to admire the trees, with 719 people coming through the doors over the course of the weekend.

After the festival, some of the trees were taken home by their sponsors while others went on sale at Emmaus Mossley.

The festival proved to be even bigger and better than 2018 when about 660 people were welcomed into the church and £980 was raised for St George’s work in the parish and the Mayor of Mossley Charity Fund.

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