Tree festival was a huge success

AS the organisers of the Sudbury Christmas Tree Festival, on behalf of Sudbury and Sudbury Talbot Rotary Clubs, we’d like to express our gratitude to all the exhibitors, sponsors, musicians, stewards, visitors and Kettle & Fish for providing refreshments, who together helped to make this year’s event such a huge success.

Between Wednesday 7 and Sunday, December 11, more than 3,800 adults paid £1 to visit the festival, a number that was matched or surpassed by the many children who visited with their families, schools or nursery groups.

This year’s festival in St Peter’s Church had the largest ever number of decorated trees and probably the highest number of visitors – which was especially pleasing when the weather was less than kind at the start of the festival. Without exception visitors to the festival praised the ingenuity of exhibitors and many said “we’ve never seen anything like this – it is spectacular”.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and donors, we expect to have some £4,500 available to distribute to our chosen charities at a joint meeting of our clubs at the end of January.

This year proceeds from the Tree Festival will be shared by: Sudbury Royal British Legion for the Personnel Rehabilitation Centre at Colchester; the Friends of St Peter, towards the upkeep and maintenance of this superb town centre community building; and our two Rotary Clubs so that we can help many more good causes chosen by our members.

PETER and VALERIE GOODCHILD

On behalf of Sudbury and Sudbury Talbot Rotary Clubs

Elizabeth Way

Sudbury