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Christmas Tree Festival - St Mary's, North Mymms
« on: November 23, 2014, 07:10:51 pm »
Following on from the highly successful Summer Festival at St Mary's Church, North Mymms in June this year, from 5th-7th December, St Mary's will be hosting a Christmas Tree Festival.

This rapidly developing tradition is gaining popularity across the country, whereby individuals, businesses and organisations are invited to display at tree at the local church. It can be used to promote that business or organisation or just be a colourful display to celebrate the Advent season.

If you would like to take part in what will be St Mary's first such Festival, please visit http://www.stmarysnorthmymms.org.uk/christmastreefestival.html for further details.

To start the Festival off there will be a Preview Evening on Friday 5th including mulled wine, nibbles and a classical guitar recital with local musician Merlin Miller. Tickets for this evening event, 7.00pm-9.00pm are £5.00 and can be obtained from Sheila Hoile - sheila.hoile 'at' btinternet.com
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Although officially the time to enter new trees has passed, if there are some late entries, let Sheila know or contact Diana Glanfield - 01707 658448 if you would like to take part. It is free to enter a tree but donations to help cover the cost of the Festival are welcome. The Church will be open on the Saturday 6th 10.30am - 4.00pm to view the trees, admission £2, (children under 14 free) and there will be a special Advent Family Service on Sunday 7th at 10.30am, all are welcome. The Festival will then continue into the afternoon 12.00 Noon to 4.30pm. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available together with other light refreshments. There will also be a second hand book stall on both days.
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Re: Christmas Tree Festival - St Mary's, North Mymms
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2014, 10:13:57 am »
The Christmas Tree Festival is now only a week away.  I am delighted to report that at the last count there will be at least 37 trees decorated in various styles positioned around the Church. It promises to be quite a colourful display in this ancient building, which in itself is an interesting place to visit, anyway.  All are welcome.

The trees will be starting to be set up on Thursday afternoon with a few more arriving on Friday during the day.  They vary in height from very small to over 7ft high.  It should be quite a sight.  Everyone is welcome, see my previous post above, for opening times on the Saturday and Sunday.
 
Over 40 tickets for the Preview Evening and a Classical Guitar Recital on the Friday 7-9pm, have been sold but the organisers could do with selling a few more. Please contact either Diana Glanfield on 01707 658448 or Sheila Hoile -  Sheila.hoile 'at' btinternet.com or  mobile 07889 254769 if you would like some tickets. They are £5 each including mulled wine and nibbles.


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Re: Christmas Tree Festival - St Mary's, North Mymms
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2014, 02:30:27 pm »
A bit more about the Guitar Recital.............


If you saw Merlin Miller play at St Mary's in the summer, you will know what a treat is in store for you.


If you enjoy classical guitar then this is not to be missed.


Merlin will be playing the following repertoire which spans more than four centuries.


William Byrd (1543-1623) - My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home

John Dowland (1563-1626) - Preludium

                                                  - A Fantasie

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) - Prelude. Fugue and Allegro BWV 998

Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) - Sonatina Op 52a i) Allegretto
                                                                                   
                                                                                         ii) Lento

                                                                                         iii) Rondo - Allegro non troppo 

Merlin Miller is currently in final year at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is studying Guitar with Professor Michael Lewin FRAM. He previously studied Composition with Dr Patrick Nunn ARAM alongside guitar. Merlin was first awarded a scholarship to the Academy in 2011, and since then, he has been fortunate to be involved in a variety of projects, including termly lessons with Visiting Professors David Russell FRAM and Fabio Zanon ARAM. Last year, Merlin had the opportunity to perform Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ piece ‘Hill Runes’ in the Academy’s Guitar Showcase concert, in the presence of the composer. Of note, in early 2013, Merlin took part in filming for the Sir Michael Parkinson television program ‘Masterclass’ which was broadcast on Sky Arts earlier this year. Merlin was winner of the 2012 Lennox Berkeley Society Award for his performance of Berkeley’s music and has previously been a finalist in the Hatfield and District Music Festival Competition. He has given the premiere of a piece by former Academy student David Burden ARAM at the West Dean International Guitar Festival. Merlin has also been a recipient of the Academy’s Bache Fund Prize and a Wolfson Award. Merlin plays a guitar made by the eminent German luthier Matthias Dammann, which is on loan to him from the Royal Academy of Music.
 
 

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Re: Christmas Tree Festival - St Mary's, North Mymms
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2014, 05:50:00 pm »
There will be an additional opportunity for children and adults to see the trees on the Sunday morning at the all age Advent Family Service on Sunday 7th December at 10:30am with an upbeat family orientated service including a youth choir and after the service some children's crafts, coffee, soft drinks and hot croissants. The added incentive is that this is FREE!

A final opportunity to see the trees will be at the Advent Carol Service at 6.30pm.

The Christmas Tree Festival is part of a busy weekend of events in Welham Green, all listed on the Welham Green website, http://www.welhamgreen.org/ and a poster about this is below:

<a href="http://www.welhamgreen.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/A-Busy-Weekend-in-Welham-Green-v2-low.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.welhamgreen.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/A-Busy-Weekend-in-Welham-Green-v2-low.pdf</a>
 

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Re: Christmas Tree Festival - St Mary's, North Mymms
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2014, 07:04:05 pm »
Trees have been arriving at St Mary's ahead of this weekend's Festival! A mixture of businesses and local organisations have trees and the local schools and youth organisations are well represented.

Tickets have been selling well for the Preview Evening this Friday (5th) which includes a classical guitar recital, see above for further details. 

The Church will be open on the Saturday 6th 10.30am - 4.00pm to view the trees, admission £2, (children under 14 free). The Festival will then continue Sunday 7th 12.00 Noon to 4.30pm.

The Family Advent service on Sunday morning at 10.30am will include some young people aged 6 to 13 from Young Eth's Singers. This new group for youngsters are developing their skill and repertoire fast and have already performed at Hatfield House and a number of other events locally. They are getting the opportunity to receive some basic musical training, but also train for RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) award scheme. Their training is at St Etheldreda's Church in Hatfield, hence their name. They also have a tree on display at The Festival where you can get more details about Y.E.S! as they have become known.



 

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Re: Christmas Tree Festival - St Mary's, North Mymms
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2014, 10:38:28 pm »
A selection of the trees on display tonight at the Preview evening which included an excellent recital by local classical guitar talent Merlin Miller who received prolonged applause from all those present.
 

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Re: Christmas Tree Festival - St Mary's, North Mymms
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2014, 10:25:58 pm »
We visited the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's today and found both the Church and the Christmas Trees very impressive. I've posted a few pictures in a Flickr album here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk6GJKTo


Here are a few examples from the album:


_DSC2655-Edit by sgoldswo, on Flickr


_DSC2642-Edit by sgoldswo, on Flickr


_DSC2633-Edit by sgoldswo, on Flickr
 

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Re: Christmas Tree Festival - St Mary's, North Mymms
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2014, 11:19:24 pm »
We went to the Festival today and found it fascinating to see the different ideas for decorations.  Some very igneous.  Brian's Bikes (the one in the photo with wheels) was particularly clever.  If you missed it this year and it happens next year i would recommend a visit.  Nice photos.
 

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Re: Christmas Tree Festival - St Mary's, North Mymms
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2014, 01:08:10 pm »
The winners of the Christmas Tree Festival entrants are announced! See the picture below:

 

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