All Saints Church, Burbage
|South Side Entrance||View from South West|
|Tower Above Main Entrance||Main Door|
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Christmas Tree Sale and Market Stall Weekend
Report on the 19th Annual Burbage Christmas Tree Sale, 7th and 8th December 2013
'Thank you' to everyone who bought trees to support the event and to all the volunteers who worked so hard.
Following sterling work done to promote our event we assembled the set up team on Friday 6th to start building the marquees for the Christmas market then putting up the fencing before unloading lorries and labelling and preparing the trees. When we were all finished, the lights were put up in the trees round the green and the whole area looked wonderful in the evening as we handed over to the night watchmen.
On Saturday morning the selling crew were in good form and our customers came in record numbers, Saturday morning was incredibly busy. We were lucky enough to have live music all weekend starting with performances from the Pewsey Belles ladies choir on Saturday morning, then Cats Eyes over lunchtime and then the Burbage choir in the afternoon. The live music created a lovely Christmas atmosphere and was highly appreciated.
Our local MP, Claire Perry worked for the second consecutive year as part of the team of volunteers selling trees during the morning which helped to get further press coverage. Claire has since written to say how impressed she was by Burbage and our sale.
We put our laminated brand tag on every tree to remind people that their money goes to Burbage Church funds. Please display your tree's tag and encourage your visitors to get their tree from Burbage in future years! Free tree recycling takes place on Saturday 4th of January, 10am until 2pm, when your tree can be chipped into garden mulch free of charge courtesy of village resident Simon Last.
Tree quality was excellent, and all of the 700 trees we sourced were sold, improving our 2012 tally of 650 trees sold. Visitors were kind enough to comment that they were impressed by the village of Burbage and its community effort, a nice follow up to the best kept village award earlier this year. Tree buyers came from as far away as London, Bristol and Northampton.
Many thanks for the raffle prizes donated by Burbage Garage, White Hart, Burbage Mace and the star prize of the 32 inch Samsung flat screen TV donated by Haine and Smith opticians. The draw boosted takings so thanks to everyone for buying extra tickets. The event was kindly sponsored by Equilibrium Wealth Management of Marlborough who contributed £2,500.
Another first for 2013 was the addition of the fantastic wooden rustic Reindeer made by Bob Norbury and Mike Eley. They were excellent, every single one had a different expression and they were a real sight all standing together on the green behind their fence! They had all sold out by Saturday lunchtime contributing nearly £600 to profits. Further funds were raised by the efforts of the teams in the kitchen, the cake stall and on our wreath and foliage stall plus a record number of Christmas Market stallholder rents making a total combined net profit of over £17,000 breaking our previous record of £15,000 in 2012.
Thanks to Kay Pitt and Sue Masey who stepped down from running the kitchen and foliage teams respectively after many years, a big thank you to both ladies for all your hard work. For the first time we had an MC this year, thank you Allan Masey, the man with the microphone!
Do you have any comments or suggestions to help improve next year? Please email or ring me if you would be willing to volunteer in the future, we can use everyone's talents in some way and it is a very sociable weekend.
The event is planned over only three meetings of one hour each so coming onto the committee is not time consuming. We have a drinks party for all the helpers on the evening after the sale and it is a great way to start the festive season!
Next year's sale is taking place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December 2014. We want to pull out all the stops for the 20th annual event and with your help it will be the best yet!
Above: The Pewsey Belle Choir
Above : Claire Perry MP enjoying a bit of festive fun as the children get themselves all wrapped up!
Left: Claire Perry helping out with the tree sales
Above: The star raffle prize of a 32 inch Smart TV kindly donated by Haine & Smith
Left: Daile with some children in the craft corner within the church
Left: Who let the Deer out....??
Above: The Burbage Worship Group
Below: Car Parking this way
Below: The Sunday morning service is held outside
Dates For Your Diary
5th Feb Mid week meeting— with Daile Wilshere5th Mar Mid Week meeting with Daile Wilshere. 7.45pm, All Saints Church.
6th Feb Linda's licensing—6th Feb at Yatesbury—7pm. More details from
Daile on 01672 810258
16th Feb Youth Group—contact Alan or Debbie on 810357 for more information.
28th Feb Mums' & Tots' coffee morning in the church centre. All welcome from 9am
Coming soon ... to a parish near you 'Pilgrim' a 6 week study course for those who
would like to discover what Christians believe, and an opportunity to ask questions in a
welcoming and informal environment, - for more information contact Daile 01672
7th Mar Women's World Day of Prayer—2pm at East Grafton. June Pearson 01672
811997 or email email@example.com
8th Mar Men's breakfast in the church centre— contact Ralph on 870478 for more
13th Mar The Licensing of the Revd Jo Reid to the Savernake Team. 7.30pm
at Collingbourne Kingston.
16th Mar Youth Group—contact Alan or Debbie on 810357 for more information.
28th Mar Mums' & Tots' coffee morning in the church centre. All welcome from 9am.
Mens Group Breakfast
Regular Events -
For Secondary School age young people
On Sunday the 16th February 6.00pm – 8.30pm – there will be food!
Church Centre, Burbage.
Contact Alan & Debbie Brown for more details 810357
Fill The Gap
Fill the Gap is a regular Thursday lunchtime event in the church Centre in Burbage. Run by a small group from All Saints with plenty of co-opted help, we serve homemade soup with fresh rolls through the winter, changing to Ploughman's for May to July. (August is a holiday!)
Numbers vary, usually about 35 people, all ages, babies to nineties! .......Click on the link Here to read more!
Coffee 'n' Browse
Coffee 'n' Browse meet on the first Friday of each month 9am—12noon in the Church Centre , meeting locally to help families afar!
Men's Group Prayers
Meet on the 1st Monday of every month 7.30am in the church hall. Contact Ralph for further details 01672 870478
Faith & Fitness
Meet every Thursday 6.30pm and Saturday 9.30am at the Scout Hut, and Thursday morning—9.30am— women only session in the church centre with crèche
Prayer in the side chapel
- Every Wednesday afternoon at 2:30pm
- Every Friday morning at 8:00am
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Every Tuesday and Friday Morning Prayer 7:30 am
|Sunday 2nd March||Morning Prayer
Kids Church & Pathfinders
11:00 ~ 11:45 am
|Wednesday 5th March||Mid Week Meeting||7:45 pm|
|Wednesday 5th March||Ashing||8:00 pm|
|Sunday 9th March||Holy Communion
|Wednesday 12th March||Mothers Union Holy Communion||9:30 am|
|Sunday 16th March||Holy Communion (BCP)
Kids Church & Pathfinders
11:00 ~ 11:45 am
|Sunday 23rd March||Holy Communion (BCP)
|Sunday 30th March (Mothering Sunday)||Holy Communion (BCP)
Mothering Sunday Celebration
|Wednesday 3rd April||Mid Week Meeting||7:45 pm|
|Sunday 6th April||Morning Prayer
Annual Parochial Church Meeting in context of worship - No Kids Church
|Wednesday 9th April||Mothers Union Holy Communion||9:30 am|
|13th April Palm Sunday||Holy Communion
Cafe Church at Burbage Village Hall
|17th April Maundy Thursday||Last Supper||7:30 pm|
|18th April Good Friday||Morning Prayer
Walk of Witness
|19th April Easter Eve||Team Service of Light (Tidcombe)||8:00 pm|
|20th April Easter Sunday||Holy Communion
|Sunday 27th April||Holy Communion
Please stay after the service for coffee, biscuits and a chat. There will also be people in the side chapel to pray with you if you have anything you would like prayer for.
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Booking the Church Centre: Please contact:
Rob Hartwell on 01672 810839 or email: Ailesbury1@aol.com