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Stoney Middleton Christmas Tree Festival

Our first Christmas Tree Festival took place in St Martins for 9 days in December 2022. Over 27 trees contributed by organisations, businesses, families and individuals decorated the church and it was a real celebration of the creativity within our village.

Chip boxes covered in children’s drawings of Christmas and piled high to form a tree put together by the Chippy was great fun.

A tiny tree covered in delicately crocheted Christmas decorations revealed so much skill as did the robins flying around a feeding station, the Well-dressing and Hortisoc trees made out of branches and twigs, miniature turkeys and spouts on the Butchers tree and the tiny boots made by staff of the Boot factory.

All ages got involved from the youngest residents of our village who made trees from sticks and wool, twin tiny trees, a bottle tree and the story of Christmas tree to our older villagers producing a 91-year-old tree had from birth with the original decorations on and a tree taking us back to the wartime years. The Parish Council found a good use for Council minutes making them into beautiful angels and a paperback book became a tree.

It’s impossible to mention every tree but each had been thoughtfully put together and contributed to the display which spoke of our village. It was encouraging that so many people got involved and many came to look. It was a fitting finish to have our carol service amongst the lit-up trees and to offer to God the many wishes, hopes and prayers written on the wish tree.

We are excited about this year’s contributions and look forward to welcoming many visitors to see our trees…. from December 9th-17th 2023. More details in What’s On.


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