St Wulfram’s Christmas Tree Festival and ‘Ice’ Skating Rink

 

Tuesday 24th November – Sunday 29th November 2015

 

Plans are coming together for seems to be the biggest community festival this year!

Over 50 community groups, schools, local businesses and individuals have already signed up for the largest celebration of all that is in Grantham.

The question will be, not who has taken part, but which few have not!

The Christmas Tree Festival, the first one held at St Wulfram’s will be a unique opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate all the wonderful activities, individuals, charities that happen in Grantham. It’s a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to show case who they are and what they do in a very special way.

However, if this is not enough, alongside this, those coming to the festival will be able to Ice Skate on the Skating Rink INSIDE St Wulfram’s. This grade 1 listed ancient building which has seen many changes over the centuries and stands at the heart of Grantham will be the focus for fun, laughter, celebrations and lots of jokes about being on thin ice! Never before has such a building with such iconic significance been used in this way.

Historically parts of churches such as St Wulfram’s would have had many purposes and uses, they were market places, community meeting points, places of protest and celebrations and the festival is just another way of historic buildings such as St Wulfram’s carrying on that ministry of hospitality and enabling the community in which it is set to gather together and celebrate!

Fr Stuart said – ‘I really hope that the community will come together to celebrate all that we are in Grantham, we are still living in difficult times, and we can become quite despondent about what happening, but we really hope that people will see this festival as a way to let their hair down, see some wonderful creations in the form of trees and have a go on the skating rink. I’ve been in Grantham now for just over a year and what strikes more than anything else is the huge potential within this town. There is so much wonderful stuff happening out there and I hope this festival gives people a chance to show case who they are and to celebrate what they are doing. St Wulfram’s has been a part of Grantham, and will continue, but we hope that people will recognise a change in St Wulfram’s. We have been so blessed by people in their giving to save the spire, and I for one think it’s about time that we as the church built upon all the things we are currently doing to help the poor and needy within Grantham and beyond and to show that this building is here to be used! Of course it will always be a sacred space, but as well as that, we hope that everyone will re discover it as a community resource for everyone.’

 

 

What will be happening?

Tuesday 24th November

5pm A Candle lit procession to the church to switch on the Christmas Tree lights for the first time

Location to be confirmed

5.30pm – 6.30pm             Opening of the Festival and the Grand Switching on of the lights

7.30pm – 9pm                   ‘Slip and Sip’ a ticketed event to open the Skating Rink

Wednesday & Thursday 25th & 26th

The festival will be open to the public from 10am -8pm

Entry is £2pp Children free

Skating from 10am -2pm & 4PM -7PM

Friday 27th

The festival will be open to the public from 10am – 9pm

Entry is £2pp Children free

Skating from 10am – 2pm Ice Skating Disco’s from 4pm -8pm

Saturday 28th

The festival will be open to the public from 10am – 9pm

Entry is £2pp Children free

Skating from 10am – 2pm Ice Skating Disco’s from 4pm -8pm

Local Craft and Produce Market

Childrens activities

Various entertainment throughout the day

Sunday 29th

8am Said Eucharist

9.30am Family & Parade Service on the Skating Rink including the annual Toy Service

The festival will open from 11am -4pm

Skating from 11am -3pm

6.30pm The Annual Parish Advent Carol Service

How can you get involved –

Put a Christmas Tree in the festival

There really is no catch and no charge. Please visit the churches website for application forms

Come and Skate!

Tickets are available online from the Parish website (just follow the link).

Tickets are £5 per adult, £3 per child this includes 30 minutes skating and free skate hire.

If you would like to know more, please contact the Parish Office on 01476 561342 / ctf@stwulframs.com  office.stwulfram@talktalk.net