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December 2013 

The Christmas season began early at the Parish Church with an evening reception on 5th December to mark the opening of the Grange Christmas Tree Festival, being hosted this year at St Paul’s. 



The reception was a tremendous success. 

Over 100 people enjoyed a wonderful evening, with fairy lights, candles and music. 

Musical Director Charles Edmondson and his ‘augmented’ choir led us in the singing of old and new carols.

The theme of the Festival is ‘Count your blessings’, and 32 trees have been set up by many different organisations across the community, each depicting their aims and what they consider to be their ‘blessings’.  In addition to the trees, the church has been beautifully decorated for Christmas by the regular Flower Team, and the stable underneath the main altar now stands bare awaiting the arrival of the Holy Family on Christmas Eve.


One visitor from Ulverston has sent the following comment.

“Went into the church today.  Thought it looked wonderful.  I loved the ribbons alongside  the path, the decorations on the seats and  the Christmas tree on the wall at the entrance.  The actual church is very attractive but all the decorations have enhanced it.  Some people have obviously worked hard.  I also thought that the cut out trees with gold painted pasta, hydrangea flowers etc. were particularly effective.  All in all, well done everyone.”


The church is open every day from 10 am to 4 pm until the 2nd January, and you are warmly invited to drop in and have a look.  Coffee is available.  There is no charge but all donations will be shared between the Mayor’s two charities – Baysearch & Rescue and St Mary’s Hospice.  The photograph shows a cheque for £265 being presented to the Hospice.