Supporting Lincoln’s Advent Wreath Festival

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Staff at Lincoln UTC have once again taken part in Lincoln’s Advent Wreath Festival.

Held at St Mary Magdalene’s Church in the Bailgate area of the city, the festival is now in its 13th year.

The festival started as the Bailgate Guild Christmas Tree Festival and saw 40 real trees on display, all decorated by members of the Bailgate Guild Traders’ Association. It proved very popular with visitors and the local community but was very difficult to erect and dismantle. It also occupied half of the nave and could only remain on display for a few days.

Barbara Wellman had the inspired idea of using wreaths instead of trees and the festival was born!

As well as being easier to manage, the event’s new format allowed more businesses to be represented and also meant that the display could remain on show for much longer.

Lincoln UTC first made its wreath two years ago and is constructed from equipment found in its science and engineering departments, with new items being added each year.

This year’s wreath was presented to the church by Sophie Whitehead and is on display until 14th December.

The exhibition is free to visit. However, the Bailgate Guild would appreciate any donations which will be used to fund the restoration of the church, which is celebrating 700 years on its present site this year!