The 11th annual 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at All Saints Dickleburgh, drew to a close on Sunday, December 7, with the prize-giving for the 23 most popular trees voted by visitors to the festival.
Langmere Garden Club’s tree was the winner in the adult category for the second year running with ‘Winter in the Potting Shed’ including Bill and Ben. Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run (for Cancer Research UK) came second with a sparkling pink tree and RBL Dickleburgh Branch were third with ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ filled with larger-than-life mice and with reindeer circling above.
Gissing Children’s Centre won the children’s category for the third year running with their bold and colourful ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’. Burston Community Primary School was second with a tree in a globe and children’s wishes for the world. Archbishop Sancroft ‘A’ Team came third with an exquisite tree decorated with ‘stained glass’ biscuits.
The Nick Arnull Plate, for the most innovative tree, was awarded by the organisers to Archbishop Sancroft High School’s Maths Department for their tetrahedron tree. There were many other immensely creative trees in the festival: 1st Harleston Cubs’ wigwam, 1st Pulham Brownies’ triangular tubes, Sarah’s Gardening Services’ flowered cone, Waveney & District Gateway Club’s ‘Signs of Christmas’ in sign language and Ormiston Families’ present boxes with a prison cell reflecting their work with prisoners’ families, to name but a few.
Some £3,000 will be donated to the festival’s designated charities, Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope and Ormiston Families.
Brian Leeder, Church Warden at Dickleburgh and one of the festival’s organisers said: “We have had an excellent week, with lots of visitors, especially at the weekends. We also had local school and playgroup visits during the festival, along with lots of Brownies and Beavers.”
Revd James Roskelly, Rector of The Benefice of Dickleburgh and the Pulhams, added: “I would particularly like to thank all the volunteers who have helped set up the church and look after visitors throughout the Christmas Tree festival. Thanks also go the local organisations and businesses who contributed such a superb collection of decorated trees; many congratulations to all the winners.”
For more information about 50 Christmas Trees in a Church see www.50christmastrees.com.
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