Penarth’s annual Christmas Tree Festival has been formally opened by the Town Mayor Cllr Ken Lloyd today, accompanied by his Consort Georgia Bennett.
As is now traditional, the Mayor and Consort had first attended the children’s Breakfast Christmas party at St Augustine’s Church Hall.
Cllr Lloyd and Mrs Bennett then joined Father Christmas himself and scores of families and young children to walk in procession across Belle Vue Park to St Augustine’s Church to the accompaniment of local bagpiper Mr Archie McCaffer – who found this morning’s frosty weather reminiscent of home.
At the church entrance the Mayor was welcomed by the vicar the Reverend Mark Jones and cut a red ribbon to formally open the Christmas Tree Festival to the public
Forty eight different trees are on display at St Augustines up until 17:00 hours tonight (Saturday) and again tomorrow Sunday December 10th from 11:00 to 17:00. Entry is £3, £2.50 concessions, and accompanied children are allowed in free of charge.
The event is organised every year by the Friends of St Augustines . All the trees have been decorated by local community groups, schools, businesses, charities, families or individuals.
Visitors come in to view the trees and then can vote on their favourite.
All profits from the event go to the nominated charities which this year are
- The Huggard Centre
- Muscular Dystrophy UK
- The Patagonia Instrument Project.
Throughout the Festival there is a programme of live music in the church. This afternoon’s programme is:-
- 13:45 the local choral group the Cavatina Singers
- 14.30 Rebecca Donkin (soprano) & Val Donkin (piano)
- 15.15 J.P. School of Song
- 16.15 Albert Road Primary School Choir
Tomorrow (Sunday 10th December) there will be performances by :-
- 12.30 Performing Arts Wales
- 13.15 The Von Adams family quartet
- 14.00 Janet Pedwell & Malcolm Watts – piano duet
- 14:45 Sound Women choir
- 15:15 – 16.15pm Young musicians
On Sunday after the conclusion of the Christmas Tree Festival there is a “A Ceremony of Carols” at St Augustines at 19:30 featuring the St Augustine’s Singers, with Valerie Aldrich- Smith (Harp) and David Geoffrey Thomas (Organ). The music will include Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” plus traditional Christmas favourites. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions) on the door.