Christmas trees fundraising for 75th

From left, Simon Morris, Tania Wood, Richard Wood, Jane Watt, Louis Tailby (helmet) and Maxine Rutherford and, seated front, Gaye Flewellyn.

Volunteers from Warkworth Volunteer Fire Brigade will be selling Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes from December 1 to raise money for their 75th jubilee celebrations.

Volunteer fire fighter Gaye Flewellyn says the annual sale provides a major financial boost for the brigade.
“We made $11,800 last year. It’s very popular and you have to get in early or reserve your tree because they sell out fast,” Gaye says

The fundraiser is in its fourth year and has contributed to a new fire van, which transports fire fighters and supplies to emergencies.

This year the brigade is looking ahead to their 75th celebrations in 2018.

“We are starting to fundraise now because it’s going to be a huge event. We will have a whole weekend of celebrations, shows and displays.”

The event is still in the planning stages, but Gaye plans to have a fire truck procession through the town to a gala-style carnival at the Warkworth Showgrounds.

Visitors will then be able to see fire fighting trucks and equipment from bygone days.

There will also be demonstrations of the latest fire fighting and accident extrication techniques.

Trees are available at the Warkworth Fire Station from December 1, 9am to 6pm.