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Eclectic display at Christmas Tree Festival

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  • by Lindsay Pantry
 

Beautifully adorned Christmas trees featuring a range of eclectic decorations went on display in Mirfield last weekend.

Trinity Methodist Church on Huddersfield Road hosted its 11th annual festival from Friday to Sunday, featuring 26 real Christmas trees.

Community groups, businesses and clubs were invited to dress their trees for the competition, and donations were made to Mirfield charity the Hollybank Trust.

Festival organiser and church steward Pauline Fallon said: “There was some healthy competition, and the local wood turners’ club made ornaments including bells, Christmas trees and angels. It’s amazing the ideas people come up with.

“The festival really brings the community together. It’s a lot of hard work but its wonderful to see the children’s faces light up when they see all the decorations.”

Hollybank was chosen as the church recently installed a lift so that disabled users can access the worship area. Children from the school visited over the weekend.

The trees were provided by Haighs Farm Shop in Mirfield and refreshments were donated by Tesco, the Co-op and Chris Ramsdens butchers. More than £260 was raised for Hollybank and £130 was raised for the church refurbishment fund from the refreshments stall.

First prize, presented by Coun Kath Taylor, went to Trinity Coffee Morning/Soup Lunch club, who knitted their decorations, including cups and saucers and vegetables. 
Second place went to the St Andrews’ Dementia Support Group and third prize went to St Andrews’ Rainbows group, who entered for the first time with their rainbow-themed tree.

Rev Alison Crookes said: “The festival was a fantastic way to make connections between the church and the community.”

 

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