Christmas Tree Festival


All Saints Church in Denstone village hosted their third Christmas Tree Festival that drew greater crowds than ever before and which wowed the local community.  As visitors entered the church the sight that greeted them took their breath away.  The nave and chancel were lined with tree after tree,  each of which had been decorated in such a way as to show which club,  group,  organisation or business had presented it.  There were nineteen trees in all and visitors to the church were amazed,  such was the inventiveness and individuality of each tree.  It was clear that great fun had been had by all the groups who had made their own themed decorations.

“This was our third and most successful Christmas Tree Festival,”  said Judy Hood,  a member of the fund-raising committee.  “We had well over 250 visitors through the church and the end result was that we raised £1,084 for church funds.  And even more importantly,  the festival brought a huge number of people together all working for a common purpose.”

The visitors to the church had not only the delight of the trees themselves,  but they were provided with hot drinks and mince pies provided by members of the WI,  and were also treated to organ music played by seven different organists throughout the weekend.  On Sunday morning the musical highlight was a performance by the Alton Handbell Ringers.  The festival was brought to a close by an evening service of carols chosen by the local organisations.

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Christmas Tree FestivalChristmas Trees in Church