Lights, action - St Michael’s festival with movie theme

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Hundreds of visitors have already checked out the magic, colour and imagination of St Michael’s church’s Christmas Tree Festival.

With a theme of going to the movies, the church is packed out with 28 trees all decorated and displayed to festive perfection.

There’s still a chance to visit the festival which finishes today - it is open from 10.30-5pm and again from 7-9pm when there will also be mulled wine and mince pies. Admission for adults is £2.50 and children can view for free.

Father Stephen Huggins of the church in Glassenbury Drive said: “It has been going very well. We have had visitors of all ages - and on Thursday we were very excited about a coach party on holiday in Eastbourne with about 50 people booked in. This is our eighth festival and obviously word has got out, but this is the best we have done. The festival just gets better and better, with the standard, imagination and execution of ideas all absolutely fantastic.”

The event was organised by church warden Ian Fishwick who Father Huggins said had done “a brilliant job” as well as creating his own tree inspired by Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines which saw an aeroplane suspended from the ceiling.

“It takes a lot of doing,” said Father Stephen. “I also very much like Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Fifty Years of James Bond, and Rocky as well. A lot of them are done by our church members but what I also like about the tree festival is the way it builds up the community - we have had a tree from Aaron Manor residential home, one from Little Common play group and also St Michael’s toddler group, and members of East Bexhill Ladies Group did us one, and so did Pebsham school. Lots of groups do it, and it is a really nice thing to build up that community side.”

Sunday saw the St Nicholas service which has become an important part of the Christmas season at St Michael’s and was attended by 110 people including 30 children. The idea this year was to bring a present which could be given to a child who might otherwise not receive one.

The church had invited Mollie Green of the Fellowship of St Nicholas which started in St Leonards in 1939 and was able to present her with 60 toys which will be given to children in the Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill area this Christmas.




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