Christmas Tree Festival - December 2015

This is the second Christmas Tree Festival the Rotary club has organised in St Peter Mancroft. This raises thousands of pounds for charity from the sponsorship and public donations.



The Rotary Club of Norwich St Edmund organised its second Christmas Tree Festival in Norwich during the 1st week of December 2015, in St Peter Mancroft Church, one of the largest parish churches in the City.

The trees and lights were provided by the Rotary Club but were sponsored and decorated by local business and professional firms. Several schools and charities also participated in the Festival. There was also a large Memorial Tree in the church which provided an opportunity for members of the public to make a dedication in memory of a loved one and a tree outside by the entrance.  This year there was also a large scale train set with two trains running. 


On Monday 30 November the church was wired up and prepared to take the trees, which are mostly installed over the pews.  The sponsors had till Wednesday lunchtime to decorate their trees. 


On Wednesday evening (3rd December), the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Brenda Arthur, officially switched on the lights of over thirty five Christmas trees in the Church.  Also attending the event was the Sheriff – Beryl Blower, representatives of St Peter Mancroft, Kate Secker, President of the Rotary Club of Norwich St Edmund, and representatives of the organizations which participated in the Festival as well as a goodly number of club members.

 The Festival lasted for 5 days – one day longer than last year.   One of the main beneficiaries was the Lord Mayor and Sheriff’s charity – Sistema.  This works to help children from deprived backgrounds via giving them access to music.  The other main beneficiary is the Clare school which caters for pupils with special needs. 


The event was masterminded by PDG Barry Catchpole and a small team of willing helpers from the Club with virtually all members joining in to man the church along with some representatives of the charities.  Mark Wakefield again provided the wiring.