Christmas Tree Festival: LAST 10 DAYS TO SPONSOR & DECORATE A TREE!

Sign up now to sponsor and decorate a tree. There are still a few left, so please enjoy the fun with your club, society or family. Everyone loves this event, but we need the trees to be decorated! 

This will be held from early evening Friday 8th December until 28th December.

It’s a great way to come together as a community, be part of the events planned, enjoy Christmas and have lots of fun.

Any queries about the festival please get in touch with Hilli Waller or the Parish Office. Sign up now by clicking on the attached booking form and return as soon as possible. Trees are running out!

St Mary’s 5th Christmas Tree Festival

Remember to sign your club, society, business, or family up to sponsor and decorate a tree and be part
of the Christmas tree festival at St Mary’s Church this year! Friday 8th December until 28th December.

The children’s trees will be inside the church and the adult’s trees outside on the churchyard path. As well as the display of trees, we will be ‘Lighting up the trees’ with food and drink, free to all from 5pm – 6pm Friday 8th December, and there will be a Christmas Quiz on Saturday 9th December.

If you would like to help, donate funds towards our costs, or have any queries about the festival, please get in touch with Hilli Waller or the Parish Office.


Friday 8th December from 10.00am
 – 4.30pm Groups  to decorate trees – finish setting up church – cafe set up – set up lighting up event 

Light up the trees  5.00pm – 6.00pm -Friday 8th December

BBQ with sausages (& veggie sausages), onions,  rolls,  sauces, mulled wine, soft drinks, kids drinks

Mulled wine

School choir, possibly doing ‘a sing a long’.

Saturday 9th December – morning only 10.00am – 1.00pm – Cafe open

Saturday 9th December – Christmas quiz – from 7.00pm for 7.30pm start

Cheese platters – with mince pies, satsumas 

Bar and soft drinks

Thursday 28th December   – All decorations to be taken away by today

Friday 29th – tree removal

Christmas Cracker of a Quiz

Mark your calendars for what promises to be a festive evening to remember: the Christmas Tree Festival Quiz!

Saturday 9th December – 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start at St. Mary’s Church.

Rumour has it that our resident Quizmaster Elf, Patrick Derham will be wearing his best North Pole attire.  If true, that sight alone would be worth the price of admission.

Speaking of which, Tickets will £12.00 per head and Teams will be made up of 6 people.  Festive snacks will be served and Beer and wine will be available to purchase.

Please contact Dine Glasgow for tickets or details.

Meet our new Vicar-to-be – Fergus

Hello! My name is the Reverend Fergus Butler Gallie and I’m the new vicar of Charlbury with Shorthampton. I’m delighted to be joining such a wonderful community of faithful people seeking to do good in their community. If you’re not a church goer please don’t stop reading there! My role is to speak of the good news of Christ with all but whether you come to church regularly or not, the vicar, and the church are for everyone. 

A little about me: I’m thirty-one years old and grew up all over the country but with a family home by the Romney Marsh in Kent. 

After university education at Oxford and Cambridge, I’ve served in churches in Liverpool and Central London as well as in chaplaincy at a school in Kent. My interests include writing- I am the author of three books- humour, eating, drinking, socialising, sport- I’ve spent the last term coaching cricket- and, above all else, people. Madeline and I are looking forward to building a life together in such a special part of the world. Most importantly though, the thing I’m most looking forward to in coming to Charlbury is meeting you, the people. 

With that in mind, I’ll be arriving in the new year and I’m looking forward to meeting you in person. You’ll see me before, as I’ll be taking some services over Christmas- to which all of you are most welcome. I hope to see you in the shops, in the pubs, at the sports clubs and, above all, in church. Please do say hello when you do see me out and about and please remember that St Mary’s and All Saints are churches for everybody in Charlbury. In the meantime you will be in my prayers: please do pray for me and Madeline as I prepare to take up the job.

Reverend Fergus Butler Gallie

[First published in The Leaflet earlier this year.]