A display of books built up to form a tree shape with green ribbon and lit up pages has won first prize for Odd Readers in the adult section of the Christmas Tree Festival at St Bartholomew’s Church. Runner up was the tree entry from Crewkerne Methodist Church. The winner in the junior section of the annual competition was Ashlands C of E First School and runner up, Misterton Baby & Toddler Group. The Christmas Tree Festival 2019, with the theme of Around the World, attracted 40 entries.

Members of the public were invited to vote for their favourite tree during the festival which ended on December 21st, although the colourful and creative exhibits remained on show at the parish church over the Christmas period. Visitors were also able to leave a special message for loved ones, who have passed, on the Memory Tree exhibited by local funeral directors Stoodley & Son. Refreshments during the festival were served by church volunteers and those interested in finding out about festive treats made around the globe at this time of the year, were able to browse through a selection of recipes, that included Chinese mince pie dumplings, Alaskan reindeer hot dogs and New Zealand baby beetroot with cream and chives.

Christmas Tree Festival organiser Hilary Leamon would like to thank all the organisations and businesses who took part in the festival, the volunteers who worked hard to make the event possible, those who helped during the festival, the Churchwardens for their help and guidance, everyone who attended the festival and made it all worthwhile and wish one and all a Happy New Year.

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