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Welton Parish Council will be hosting and sponsoring the lighting of the village Christmas tree on Welton village green on Sunday 27th November. The tree will be switched on by the Community Award winners for 2016, followed by carol singing on the Green. This is a popular community event at Advent, signalling the run-up to Christmas and Christ’s birth.
On the same weekend there will be an Advent Christmas Tree Spectacular in St Mary’s Church opposite the village green, starting on Friday 24th in the evening with the Lindum Ladies Choir performing a medley of songs in church (tickets £8 from Mrs Dell Atherton on 860582). The church will be decorated with some 20 Christmas trees which will be decorated by Welton community organisations and there will be window displays.
These organisations include footballers, golfers, bowlers, gardeners, twinners, quilters and uniformed groups. St Mary’s Academy will have two trees, one for each Key Stage. Healthlinc House, St Barnabas Hospice and MS will each have a tree, and so will Stonecliff Park, the Methodist Church and St Mary’s Church.
Many of the trees will be illuminated. The church will be attended and open for the whole weekend to enable everyone to view the trees (Saturday 10am to 7pm and Sunday 12.30pm to 7.30pm). There will also be refreshments and a raffle. Following the regular Sunday 11am service, St. Mary’s will remain open to view the trees and then at 4.15pm a short Advent service will take place in church before the choir and congregation process to the village green by lantern lights in time for the parish council’s big tree to be lit up on the village green and carol singing. The church will remain open afterwards for the villagers to view the displays. We anticipate this will produce an extended community event to celebrate the Advent of Christmas. All are welcome to attend the ticketed concert on Friday evening and the church services in addition to viewing the trees.
St. Mary’s will fund the initial expense of the trees, window displays, refreshments and will run a raffle during the weekend. The proceeds from St. Mary’s event will go not just to the church but will help towards the church’s annual sponsorship of local and international charities. Last year all the proceeds from collections at the church’s services during Christmas week were shared between Matt’s Fund (which supports melanoma research at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham), Nomad Trust (beds and food for homeless in Lincoln) and Shelter Box (emergency shelter and vital supplies for disasters worldwide).
Previous recipients have been Welton First Responders (medical response and support at local 999s), Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance and St. Andrew’s Children’s Hospice in Grimsby. Lincoln Community Larder is an on-going recipient of food parcels donated by parishioners throughout the year via a drop-in centre in church. In total St. Mary’s donated £3,122 to charities at home and abroad from fund-raising in 2015, down from £4,51l in 2014 due to reduced revenues, whilst having expenditure in excess of £38,000 for the year to run the church and its ministry, raised from parishioner donations, fund raising and fees for weddings and funerals.
Please support this worthwhile Welton community event; you will be well appreciated for your generosity.
Also on Saturday 26th November, The Fusion Singers and Wragby Handbell Ringers will be performing in the Welton and Dunholme Methodist Church at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £5, please contact 860823.