Tree festival brings Marshland St James together

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A Marshland St James church was filled to the rafters with festive cheer at the annual fundraising Christmas tree festival.

With over 20 trees adorned with sparkling and thoughtful decorations, visitors flocked from all over to see the handiwork of a handful of community groups on display in the village’s Methodist Church.

Christmas tree festival at Marshland St James Methodist Church.'Grace Sherriff 11 and Benjamin Sherriff 7'Contact Joan Thompson 01945 430382 ANL-140812-082645009

Christmas tree festival at Marshland St James Methodist Church.'Grace Sherriff 11 and Benjamin Sherriff 7'Contact Joan Thompson 01945 430382 ANL-140812-082645009

Among the trees there were ones decorated by groups including pupils from Marshland St James Primary School, over 60’s groups, churchmembers, the residents’ association and many other groups.

Joy Smalley organises the event with Joan Thompson and a team of church members.

She said: “It looks beautiful and thankfully, lots of the groups left their trees behind for our Christmas carol concert which was lovely.

“It’s been nice to see the fellowship and the friendship of the church – not just for fundraising.”

She added: “We’ve had some lovely trees – one of wishes for the world and thanks, and a memory tree to remember loved ones who are missing this Christmas.”

The event ran over last weekend, when church volunteers served 120 lunches over two days, with plenty more visitors coming through the doors.

The event finished up on the Sunday with the church’s carol concert, which helped bring even more festive cheer to the village.

Throughout the weekend, a total of £704 was raised for the Methodist Church. All funds raised will go towards the general upkeep of the church.