The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Ken Lloyd with his Consort Mrs Georgia Bennett touring the exhibits at St Augustine’s Christmas Tree Festival today

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.

Father Christmas and bagpiper Archie McCaffer lead the procession to St Augustine’s Church

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 entrance to St Augustine’s Church thye Mayor of Penarth Cllr Ken Lloyd cuts the ceremonial ribbon to declare the Festival open

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

There are 48 trees on display at year’s Festival – each one of which is  assessed and marked by members of 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.

Young and old enjoy the variety of artistic designs on display in this year’s Festival

All the proceeds of the Christmas Tree Festival go to charity

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.

Many people found they needed to go around all the entries more than once to decide which tree was the best. The results won’t be known until next week.

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

Throughout the two days there are refreshments available in the Parish Hall on Albert Road, including soup, rolls, sandwiches. Also on sale are cakes, jams & chutney and seasonal produce .

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.

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  1. Teresa Mitchell says:

    Another amazing festival. So lucky to live in Penarth surrounded by such imaginative individuals and groups….

  2. Watch Your Step says:

    A Grade I listed building, the final resting place of Dr Joseph Parry, a landmark of the town, and what do they do?
    Paint barbaric white lines – which appear to have been applied with a lavatory brush – on all steps leading to the church. Not just at the rear but the main sweep of stairs which acts as the introduction to the building.
    I appreciate people, not least the elderly, need to see where they are going in these dark months but was there any need to make this lovely building look, quite frankly, vandalised?
    I can’t imagine anyone slapping white paint on steps at Llandaff Cathedral so why is it acceptable here? How on earth was this damage allowed?

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