A team of eight volunteers from Crewkerne Lions Club sharpened the ends of 65 Christmas trees, for The Elves to erect above the town’s businesses. The festive trees which are grown locally near Ilminster and paid for by each trader, were prepared outside of Milly’s Antiques in Victoria Mews, with a professional independent paramedic on site due to the sharpness of the cutting blades. The trees were then delivered and put in place by the trio of voluntary helpers known as The Elves – Steven Paine, Glen Smillie and Fred Broom. Steven Paine said: “We work independently every year, to put up the trees that are paid for by the traders and help to make the town look festive for Christmas. We are grateful to Richard Hall of Oscars for allowing us to store the trees in his courtyard, to Crewkerne Town Council for their support, the Christmas Committee and Crewkerne Lions Club for their kind assistance.”

A spokesperson for Crewkerne Lions Club said: “We are always happy to help at this time of the year and hope that Crewkerne residents, businesses, organisations and sports teams will support us with our big event at the end of December, when we celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Crewkerne Boxing Day Pram Race.” The 60th Anniversary of the popular annual pram race, takes place on Thursday December 26th at approximately 11 am in Market Square. Teams from local businesses, community organisations, sports teams and groups of friends can register their entry with the Lions Club on the day, outside of Crewkerne Town Hall. Crewkerne Lions would very much appreciate help with marshalling the event and anyone who would like to volunteer is asked to contact Lesley before the event, so that their names can be included in the risk assessment paperwork. Local radio stations and television networks are also invited to provide live coverage of the Diamond Jubilee of Crewkerne’s Boxing Day Pram Race. For more information, please email

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