Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral

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CHESTER Cathedral has organized a Christmas tree festival which raised more than £2,700 for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd last year.

This year’s festival shows 45 majestic Christmas trees and is taking place from the November 29, 2014 to January 6, 2015.

The trees were decorated by local schools and businesses such as John Lewis, the University of Chester and the Racecourse.

The Cathedral’s vice-dean, Rev Canon Peter Howell-Jones, said: “The Christmas tree festival is a great opportunity for us to give something back to the local community. It is wonderful to see the involvement of so many schools and local businesses.”

This year the money raised by the festival will go to the Babygrow Appeal at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Entry to the festival is free and visitors can also vote for their favourite trees using voting slips.

Kathy Kenny, community and events fundraiser at the Countess, said: “I was delighted to learn our Babygrow Appeal was going to be the beneficiary charity for this year’s Christmas Tree Festival. I visited the festival last year and can say it is a truly magical experience and lovely for all ages. It is perfect to get into the Christmas spirit.”

During the time of the Christmas Tree festival, Chester Cathedral also runs an open exhibition of C.S. Lewis’ famous book The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

by Lisa Meller

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