Crowle author pens book to mark Christmas Tree Festival launch for charity

Author Addy Farmer, George Jefferson, rotary club president, and Sue Hollingworth, vice president.
Author Addy Farmer, George Jefferson, rotary club president, and Sue Hollingworth, vice president.

A festive family event displaying 80 beautifully decorated Christmas trees will coincide with the launch of a children’s book as part of a charity fundraising campaign.

Crowle author Addy Farmer has penned ‘A Bagful Of Stars’ which will be launched at the 10th annual Festival Of Christmas Trees event in aid of Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe.

The event is run by the Rotary Club of Scunthorpe and will be held over five days in December on Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th, Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th at Old Brumby United Church in Ashby Road, Scunthorpe.

The book is aimed at youngsters aged four to seven and is a minimum £3.50 donation with £1 going towards Lindsey Lodge. Over the last decade the festival has raised £36, 000 for the hospice.

Addy, who has been an author for 10 years, took around eight months to write the book and worked with members of the rotary club, editor and designer Simona Sideri and illustrator Bridget Strevens Marzo.

She said: “We’re really excited to launch the book at such a fantastic event and it fits in perfectly as the book is about characters collecting stars and putting them on Christmas trees.

“Interactive story sessions will be held with Rhubarb Theatre as well as crafts for children to get creative for free and these all tie in with the theme of the book.”

George Jefferson, president of the Rotary Club of Scunthorpe, said: “We support the hospice because it is a local charity doing fantastic work for those who need it most.

“This year is extra special being our 10th year of hosting the event and it will be even better than ever before with the launch of the special book.

“It will be a magical curtain raiser for the festive season featuring 20 musical groups and an array of illuminated Christmas trees decorated by businesses, schools, charities and more.

“It really does have a magical atmosphere and it is an event not-to-be-missed for the whole family.”

Sue Hollingworth, vice president of the club, added: “We wanted to involve the younger generation as much as possible which is why we commissioned this book especially.

“We couldn’t have made it happen without the financial support from the North Lincolnshire Music Education Hub and the early years team.”

The hospice in Burringham Road cares for people at the end of their lives and aims to make those last moments special.

The special care they receive costs over £4.50 every minute so public fundraising is vital for the future of the facility.

Opening times for the festival are:- Saturdays from 10.30am to 5.30pm, Fridays between 10am and 5.30pm and Sundays from noon to 4pm.

Entry is free and donations are welcome.

A range of other festive themed events are being held in the lead up to Christmas in aid of Lindsey Lodge Hospice.

A coffee morning takes place at Burton Village Hall on Wednesday, December 2, from 10am to noon.

YuleFest takes place at Old Brumby United Church on Tuesday, December 8, from 7.30pm.

There will be seasonal traditional folk dance from Tatterfoals Morris and festive songs from Clarty Sough together with a chance to join in with ‘pub carols’.

It costs £5 and to book call 07936 459020. Tickets also available at the door.

Afternoon tea and Christmas bingo takes place at Messingham Village Hall on Thursday, December 17, from 2pm.

It costs £6 to attend and call 01724 764324 to book.