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LHS Christmas Tree reaches great heights! 23.11.16

The Christmas Tree Festival at Loughborough Parish Church this week promises to be a magical feast for the eyes with creative contributions of Christmas Trees from local community groups and businesses. However, this year the festival will be reaching another level as it is set to feature a tree suspended from the ceiling of the church!

This distinctive tree has been created by the pupils of Loughborough High School during their lessons and pottery club. Following on from recent years’ contributions, led by the school’s previous Artist in Residence (Textiles), Emily Notman, this year’s creation will also be a unique interpretation of the traditional Christmas tree.

Ceramic Artist, Cisca Collins, the current Artist in Residence at Loughborough High School, chose the theme of ‘gratitude’ to inspire the pieces made by the pupils. Each has created a ceramic piece; into which they have inscribed the subjects which move them to feel thankful about their lives. This includes a range of events, opportunities, their environment and loved ones.

This has been a wonderful opportunity for them to learn some new ceramic skills, alongside focussing on things that they feel grateful for, which is especially fitting at Christmas time.

Ceramicist Cisca commented “…one of the really exciting things about having ‘gratitude’ as the theme for the Christmas Tree Festival this year, is that not only does it help to ground us and focus our attention positively, but also it has also been proved that an attitude of gratitude is actually good for our health and wellbeing.”  

This year’s Community Christmas Tree Festival in the Parish Church on Steeple Row, runs from 24th – 27th November from 10:00am – 5:30pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 12:00 – 4:00pm on Sunday. Entry is £2.50 for adults and free for accompanied children. There will also be bargains and refreshments available at the Christmas Fair.

The grand opening of the festival and switching on of the lights by the Mayor of Charnwood will take place at 7:00pm on Wednesday 23rd November and will also feature the singing from Loughborough Endowed Schools’ choirs. There will be a further two concerts, one on Friday evening featuring the Ratcliffe Chorale and the Loughborough Male Voice Choir, and on Sunday afternoon there will be a community is invited to join in a festive sing-along.

Tickets to all events range from £2.50 to £10 and are available either on the door or from the Parish Office, Fearon Hall.