Rotary Tree of Light News

Rotary Tree of Light News


The government’s latest coronavirus lockdown which comes into force from this Thursday has delayed the installation of the Rotary Tree of Light in Shrewsbury.

With St. Mary’s Church closing from Thursday in line with government restrictions, Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club is unable to install the Tree of Light until after December 2.

“We shall endeavour to install the Tree of Light as soon as possible after December 2 so that it is in place in the Bell Tower of St. Mary’s Church in the run-up to Christmas,” said organiser Rotarian Iain Gilmour.

It is the second setback to the ever-popular Tree of Light due to coronavirus. For Rotary has also had to cancel the dedication service this month. Said Iain: “We want to make it known to the town that despite having to cancel the service and delay the installation there will hopefully still be a Tree of Light – assuming of course that lockdown is not further extended.”

This year there will also be a “Virtual Tree” on the donations website at

The Tree of Light will remain in St. Mary’s Church until December 31.

Julian Wells

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