Buckley's Christmas Tree Festival
November 2017 brought light and sparkle to Buckley Chapel. For the first time we opened our doors to present a Festival of Trees weekend, and the chapel looked wonderful.
Trees were very kindly given or donated by our members and their friends, and they were lovingly decorated by individuals, our own Chapel Groups and Members, local organisations and businesses. Morrisons supermarket came along to decorate a tree and so did Barnsley Hospice. The theme of Worsbrough Common School's tree was the 50th Birthday of their new school opening in 1967. The Rainbows and Brownies from Worsbrough held their midweek meeting in Buckley the week before the Festival so that they could decorate their tree. The Girls Brigade from Measborough Dyke also created a tree.
Each tree reflected a theme, a story or had a meaning. Some had a personal touch and others simply brought joy to the festive period. We had everything ranging from a Disney tree, to a prayer tree. We even had trees depicting the children's story which tells the tale of 3 trees with their different aspirations and dreams.
Everyone who came along to see the trees said how lovely it was. Some said they had not known what to expect, but were amazed at what they saw.
The circuit Joyful Noise Choir sung on the Friday morning for the opening of the Festival. Then on the Friday afternoon the staff form Worsbrough Common School walked the children from year 6 down to Chapel to have a look. It was wonderful to have them in Chapel. One of the teachers had taken photos of the various trees when she had set their tree up on the Thursday evening and she had prepared a quiz sheet for the children to complete, with the winner receiving a prize. The children wrote prayers to go on the prayer tree, and added baubles to the remembrance tree.
Overall it was a wonderful weekend, and lovely to see people coming into Chapel who would not normally have come in.
Jayne Howe and Ann Sutcliffe