Annual Christmas Tree Festival opens tomorrow

The annual Christmas Tree Festival at Richmond Methodist Church starts this week.

This year the event celebrates 100 years of votes for women, with money raised being split between Woman Kind, a charity that works to end violence against women and promotes women’s economic rights in developing countries, and Music for Life, a charity which helps Africa’s most vulnerable children through education and music.

26 local groups and individuals will have trees on display, including the Rotary Club, the Mayor of Richmond, and Hipswell Primary School.

The festival launches on Friday with Musicality Ladies’ Choir and tree browsing from 6pm onwards.

The highlight of this year’s festival is a concert by the African Children’s Choir on Monday, December 3 7.30pm at Richmond School.

Call 01748 518148 for tickets.

Other events include a Children’s Christmas storytelling session with Rhoda Fraser on Wednesday, December 5 at 10am, and the Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 1 from 10am  to 1pm.

The festival will close on December 9 with a huge Christmas Songs of Praise concert, featuring Richmondshire Orchestra and the Wesley Choir.

All are welcome to come and sing some Christmas favourites; entry is free.

The festival will be open 10am to 4pm daily from Saturday, December 1 to 9.

It will be closed on December 6 for a private event.