Wednesday, 22 November 2017

From seaside to space, church tree festival opens

FATHER Christmas switched on the lights at Watlington’s seventh annual Christmas tree festival.

FATHER Christmas switched on the lights at Watlington’s seventh annual Christmas tree festival.

Thirty-four decorated trees are on display at St Leonard’s Church until December 20.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Where in the world?” and the trees are decorated to indicate the places they represent, such as Cape Canaveral with an astronaut, the seaside with mini beach huts and sea shells and the rainforest with a snake, spiders, butterflies and flowers.

A tree called “Over the Rainbow” has a paper chain in the colours of the rainbow.

There were trees decorated by Watlington Pre-School, Rainbow Corner Day Nursery, Watlington Primary School, Icknield Community College, the Watlington and District Nursing Home, the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion and brownies, beavers and guides.



Janet Vaughan, who chairs the Friends of St Leonard’s Church, which organises the festival, said: “They chose a place where they had been, would like to go or were interested in. All the age groups showed amazing imagination and creativity.”

The festival runs daily from 2pm to 5pm and the trees will remain in the church for the Christmas services.

The trees were provided by the Tree Barn at Christmas Common.

Money raised by the festival will go towards restoring the stained glass windows at the church.



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