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15th Christmas Tree Festival at St Martin’s Church


St Martins 15th  Christmas tree festival

Saturday 9th 10 – 3pm

Sunday 10th 11 – 2.30pm

Songs of praise service 3.00pm

Monday 10 – 3pm

Raffle and refreshments available

Free entry

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St Martins Church St Alfreton DE557AH



Dear Festival Exhibitor,


We at St Martins Church will be holding our Christmas tree Festival from Saturday 9th to Monday 11th December 2023.


This year you are welcome to promote your school/ business/ organisation or individual by either decorating a tree with your own unique identity or alternatively you could “create a crib” or “make a manger”. These could be traditional, contemporary, recycled, inspired by art or technology or follow a theme/campaign you are working on.


We would love to see our local schools/ organisations individuals participate in this wonderful community event at a special time of year by displaying their work and demonstrating the inspiration of their students of all ages and abilities or to advertise their campaigns or products of the local charities or businesses.


Please complete the paperwork and return to


Thank you


Claire Dyson






Dear Festival Exhibitor,


We are delighted that you are taking part in our Tree Festival. This letter gives further details.




Your tree may be fresh or artificial and can be any size. You must provide a suitable stable base/tree stand or container.  Buckets are not permitted (they easily tip over).



Lights are optional, but only ONE socket will be available for every tree. You may have up to 80 lights (100 if LED) that should be in good working order and connected to a plug fitted with a 3-amp fuse. You may include as many battery operated lights as you want but please put the switch where we can see it to turn it on and off. Decorations and lights must be securely fastened. Musical lights and lighted candles cannot be included in the decorations. We reserve the right to check and make safe all electrical systems. Please do not use glitter on your tree as this is extremely hard to remove from the church.


While we shall take all reasonable care of trees, we cannot be held responsible for any mishap to your tree during the festival.


Please give your tree a suitable title for publication in the programme and for labelling, which we shall carry out.


You will be able to decorate your tree at certain times on, Tuesday to Friday 9th  December. Please indicate your preferred time on the accompanying form.


Please remove your tree from the church on Tuesday 12th December between 11am and 3pm. Please let me know if you are only able to remove your tree in the evening. We reserve the right to dispose of any trees left in the church after that time


We hope once again that our Festival will be an occasion that will provide much pleasure and happiness to you and all those who visit our lovely church.


Thank you for your support, creativity and hard work.


Yours very sincerely

Claire Dyson

Festival Coordinator

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15th Christmas Tree Festival at St Martin’s Church


We are planning for general viewing on Saturday 10-3pm, Sunday 11 -2.30pm songs of praise service 3.00pm, and Monday from 10am to 3pm for schools.  This year the Admission is FREE!  (We do ask that an adult accompany children under 12.)


Refreshments will be available during the Festival and light lunches will be available from 12 to 2pm. There will also be a Raffle.


The format of the Festival is that individuals, churches schools, families, local groups, community organisations, and businesses are invited to provide and decorate a Christmas tree to be on display in the church over the weekend and on the Monday when several schools bring their students to enjoy the decorated trees.


You can decorate your tree to illustrate a theme of your choice.  Every tree can carry lights although we only provide 1 socket per tree.  Trees may be fresh or artificial.


This year we are also inviting groups to make/ decorate a nativity set/scene this can be made from anything e.g. knitting or cardboard or pottery and can be any size within reason. Please can you let me know the approximate size in order to provide adequate space to display the items.


We hope that all who enjoyed our Flower Festivals and our previous Christmas Tree Festivals will want to participate this year and make it another special event for our community.


We do hope you will want to decorate a tree for the Festival.  Please would you indicate if you wish to do so, either by returning the reply form to:  Claire Dyson at 148 Mansfield Road, Alfreton, DE55 7JQ or by email to info@techniquecomposites.co.uk  with the same information.   If you have any questions please do telephone me at 01773 441880


You, your family and friends are warmly invited to attend the traditional service of songs of praise on Sunday at 4:00pm.

Yours sincerely,


Claire Dyson, Festival Coordinator






Additional Information

Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilFriday, December 1st, 2023 at 9:34am
🎄🎄🎄Everyone welcome 🎄🎄🎄
Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilWednesday, November 29th, 2023 at 6:40pm
Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilWednesday, November 29th, 2023 at 6:39pm
Alfreton celebrates a Successful Christmas Lights Switch On!

There are so many people to thank for making Alfreton lights switch on a success! The event was attended by thousands of local people, who enjoyed a variety of activities, including live music, a Christmas market, and a range of festive food and drinks. The busiest event so far. The highlight of the evening was the switch on by Santa himself, which lit up the town in a spectacular display of festive cheer.

The event was organised by the Town Council’s Events Committee, with the support of Shaun Hogg and family who manage Tansley Car boot. The council works hard all year round on projects for the community, with this one probably being the most popular. It would not be possible without the commitment of the councillors and staff to bring an event that offers something for everyone.

This year it coincided with the market hall holding a craft event and the Genesis Centre having a Christmas Market. Alfreton House hosted a stage packed full of entertainment, stalls, Santas Grotto, food vendors and small fair rides. The town council provided free face painting, balloon modelling and entertainment.

Each year the event supports the Town Mayor, Councillor Hannah Jowett-Frost's charity. This year that is the Alfreton-based Callum’s Voice whose mission is to enable children and young people with Autism and mental health conditions to lead happy, healthy, fulfilling lives. Early indication over £1000.00 raised from this event alone!

“We are delighted with the success of this year’s Christmas lights switch-on,” said Cllr Hannah Jowett-Frost, Town Mayor and Events Lead. “It was a wonderful evening and we are grateful to everyone who helped to make it such a success.”

The Town Council would like to thank everyone who attended the event and helped to make it such a memorable occasion especially the following for providing much-needed equipment, support and services;

RSM Home and Gardens for their endless hard work and commitment for helping organise and manage the event

Keycraft Shed Supplies of Hucknall for Santa’s Grotto

Tibshelf and District Community First Aid Responders for first aid cover

Brandon’s Tool Hire for the barriers and lights

Location Audio for the stage

Chernobyl Children’s lifeline for face painting

Fancy entertainment for their elves and stilt walker

PDP characters for Ana and Elsa, Mickey and Minnie, Stitch and Olaf

Alfreton Rotary for Santa’s Grotto

Police and Fire Rescue for attending

Darley Dale Brass Band

David Nieper Academy school choir and band

Pure Steel

Christ the King school choir

Leys Junior School choir

Copthorne Infant School Choir

Woodbridge Junior School

Jugalubs balloon modelling

City Illuminations for the fantastic light display

The stalls for attending

Fairground operators

We are always looking at ways to improve events, if you have any ideas or suggestions please share them with us!

From comments already received we have reviewed locations, The town council do not own much of the land in Alfreton, but are working with the Borough and county councils to look at ways in which the event can be extended across town. We have already looked at wider road closures but due to Alfreton being the diversion route for the M1, this is not an option.

We have also looked into options for providing a wider lights switch on. This would cost a phenomenal amount of money and during a time of financial difficulty for families we don't feel this would be a good use of the small budget that we operate with and would mean a vast increase in the charge made to you for council tax.
Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilWednesday, November 29th, 2023 at 3:22pm
Always welcome at our events! Thanks for attending.
Alfreton Town Council
Alfreton Town CouncilWednesday, November 29th, 2023 at 3:21pm
Will santa be visiting your street?