Tuesday, 08 December 2015 00:00
Christmas Tree Festival raises £2000 for EACHWritten by Paul Dickson
1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, with Harleston District Girl Guiding's plastic bottle tree.
The 12th annual 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at All Saints Dickleburgh, drew to a close on Sunday, December 6, with the prize-giving for the 23 most popular trees voted by visitors to the festival.
Ladies Tractor Road Run (for Cancer Research UK’s breast cancer appeal) was the winner in the adult category for their tree decorated with tiny pink bras. Susan Whymark Funeral Service came second with an amazing ‘dress’ tree and Culrose Residential Care Home were third with their gingerbread themed tree.
1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, who combined with Harleston District Girl Guiding, won the children’s category with their fabulous plastic bottle tree, displaying Christmas messages of hope. Harleston CE VA Primary School came second with their Hands of Hope tree and Burston Community Primary School was third with their gingerbread house tree.
The Nick Arnull Plate, for the most innovative tree, was shared by Susan Whymark Funeral Service and 1st Dickleburgh Rainbows with Harleston District Girl Guiding.
The Christmas Tree festival has raised £2,000 for EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices) and a donation will also be made to Norfolk & Norwich Hospital Oncology Department, with residual funds being retained by the Benefice of Dickleburgh and the Pulhams.
Rowena Roskelly, one of the festival’s organisers, said: “We have had an excellent week. I would particularly like to thank all the volunteers who 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. This has been the last 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at Dickleburgh, although some of the volunteers are thinking about running something different in the church during Advent 2016.”
For more information about 50 Christmas Trees in a Church, including the full list of winners, see www.50christmastrees.com.
Annie Chapman with the Ladies Tractor Road Run tree