Our First Christmas at the Pavilion
We'd very much like to celebrate our first Christmas at the Pavilion in style. But, it being our first Christmas here, and having only just got up and running, we're having to start from scratch.
We've got no tree yet.
And no decorations.
So we're calling on all of the crafty people of Bedford to help out! If you have a home-made decoration that you think might look nice on our tree - then bring it along! Hang it up on our tree! You have our full permission to hum Christmas tunes as you do it, just to add to the festive atmosphere. If you're a baker and could make some edible decorations to hang up, that'd be great too!
Tomorrow, on Wednesday 3rd December, we have the lovely Katy arriving with a Christmas tree - and some decorations to get us started! Katy helped us out with sourcing some of our vintage chairs and cutlery (she got them from Emmaus Village - which is always worth a visit.) In the spirit of decorating on a budget and without resorting to a trolly-dash around poundland, Katy is going to be using recycled, upcycled and some home-made decorations to make the Pavilion look merry and bright for Christmas.
Katy will be with us from 11.30, and we'd love you to come along and join us. So if you're free tomorrow, you have a handmade decoration going spare and fancy a bit of festive cheer, come down for a hot chocolate and a spot of hall-decking!
We promise to grill Katy, and everyone who helps out, for tips and techniques to make a good-looking Christmas on a budget.
It'll get you in the mood for one of Bedford's finest annual traditions, the Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul's church - which is officially opened tomorrow by the the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis.
Tickets are £2.50 for adults and it's free for children. All proceeds go to The Bedford Hospital Trust and St Paul's church. The festival is open until December 7th.
On Friday 5 December the annual Christmas Classics concert will be held in the church, perfomed by the Ensemble of London. You can buy tickets to that here.
So basically, Wednesday 3rd December is now officially Bedford Christmas Tree Day. Get involved. Get festive. Come and see our tree!