Julia Jarman, author of children’s books, opens Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul’s Bedford and takes a good look round the immense range of decorative trees.
She spends time telling a crowd of children some of her favourite ‘stories for children’, the theme of this year’s festival and signs copies of many of her own popular books. Some of the children entertain Julia and distinguished guests, Mohammed Yasin MP for Bedford & Kempston and Vinod Tailor ( High Sheriff of Bedfordshire) who buys a number of Julia’s books for his grandchildren.
The Reverend Kevin Goss, vicar of St Paul’s and Margaret Oakley, Hon Chairman of the Christmas Tree Festival now in its 17th year, welcomed guests and reminded them of the message of Christmas and forthcoming services at St Paul’s for children- a Christingle (8th December) and the Crib Service on Christmas Eve (24th).
Many visitors return annually to this popular Festival. It is hoped that this year attendance will be even greater in order to raise £10,000 to be shared between St Paul’s church and The Bedford Hospitals Charity.
Don’t miss your chance of getting to the Festival, open daily, before it closes at 4 pm Sunday 10th December
Admission £2.50. Children under 16 free
There are still a few tickets left for the popular Cellophany octet of 8 cellos with Wind in the Willows and world folk songs at St Paul’s church on Saturday 9th December, at 7 pm,
Concert tickets at £15.00 each (under 12 free), including mulled wine & mince pies, available at www.bedfordhospitalcharity.org.uk
or from either St Paul’s church tel 01234–340163 or from 01234-783181.