The Castlefields Yarn Bombing Crew will take a lot to beat at this year's St Chad's Christmas Tree Festival which opens at the weekend (Dec 10 to Jan 3)
The St Chad's Christmas Tree Festival has a special place in the hearts of everyone in Shrewsbury - to see the beautiful circular church resplendent with trees, all individually decorated with love is quite overwhelming.
It opens this weekend (December 10th) with a programme of musical and other events lined up, including a free performance by Shropshire soprano Holly Teague on December 17 from 10.45am.
The trees are decorated and sponsored by local businesses, charity and community groups in their own unique style. And this year, the Castlefields Yarn Bombing Crew has really set the standard, departing from the traditional tinsel and baubles to create a Christmas tree with a difference.
The 28-member-strong crew has knitted more than 130 colourful woolly hats to decorate the tree in support of local charity Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin.
“We have never had a Christmas tree at St Chad’s before,” said Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin. “So when we heard about the Castlefields Yarn Bombing Crew we thought this might give us a golden opportunity to do something a bit different. And they’ve done a really superb job.”
“This project has been a real labour of love for us,” said Clare Bear, one of the yarn bombers and project manager for Lovelyland, a not-for-profit social enterprise working with schools and community groups – including the yarn bombing group - across Shropshire.
She said: “The 130 brightly coloured woolly hats knitted to decorate the tree represent many months of hard work by our amazing yarn bombing crew. I’m sure people will enjoy the tree. It’s also a particular pleasure for us to be supporting Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin who do such a fantastic job in helping older people across the county.”
Entry to St Chad's Christmas Tree Festival is free. Performances will include 'O Holy Night' with Holly Teague on December 17 from 10.45am (refreshments available), followed by Footlights Dance School in the afternoon.
December 18th sees the return of Nine Lessons and Carols, and the popular Nativity service is on December 24. Church services will be taking place throughout the Christmas period, with details on the St Chad's website.