Posted on 23rd January 2019 at 12:12
What an exciting Christmas Season for Hans Christmas Andersen (H A Trim)
December was great despite the rather inclement weather! Our lovely customers braved the rain and cold to come and choose their favourite tree. It was great to meet everyone.
The Local Produce Market was lovely and coped well with the rain on the first weekend. We welcomed 3 new producers:- Dulci Bella with her marshmallow kisses, Little Pod Bakery and their home baked creations and Gin from Nelson's Gin distillery.We also had our veteran producers:- Podgy Pieman with his tasty pies and sausage rolls, Firebird Brewery's very tasty beer choices, Pure Chocolate Truffles mmmm, the High Weald dairy with very special cheeses and Peter's Poppers ever popular popcorn. What an array of tasty delights. Finally, as always, the wonderful 140 Field Kitchen, keeping our customers in hot food and drinks.
For the children there was the Heavy Horse and Carriage Ride, taking people up to the fishing lakes and back, the Barrel Buggy ride ( weather permitting) and of course Father Christmas. He was in his Grotto the first 3 weekends in December talking to lots of children and giving out presents, while raising lots of money for charity.
This year our bauble garden was created by our Art department. Lots of local businesses and groups filled large baubles and all money donated was given to Cranleigh Arts Centre.
Most importantly our beautiful Home Grown Christmas trees were not only on show for sale at Santa Fir but also at our new site in Newlands Corner on the A25 and our new site near Gillingham, Kent. Now even more people have access to our fabulous trees.
We had some very memorable times during 2018 including our win at the Waverley Big Awards and our visit to No. 10 Downing Street to deliver one of our wreaths as a result of one of our 5 wins at the annual British Christmas Tree Growers Association competition. We held an Open Day in the summer for other Christmas tree growrs and another brilliant Macmillan Coffee Morning in September where Hans and Kristien braved the shave.
We are now into 2019, a new year. We spend most of January, whether inside or outside, tidying up from the busy months at the end of 2018. Then it is down to planning for the year ahead. We will keep you posted.
We wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2019
Tagged as: Christmas market, Christmas tree farm, Christmas Trees, January, New beginnings, New Year
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