Holy Trinity Church branches out with Christmas tree festival
A Christmas tree festival at Holy Trinity Church in Bishop's Stortford raised more than £360 for those in need in the town.
The Yuletide celebration at the South Street place of worship featured 11 spruces and firs.
They were decorated by groups including the congregation, Red Kite support service for survivors of sexual violence, former mayor Cllr Norma Symonds, the town's Girls Brigade, Thirst Youth Café, Nicholls Lodge sheltered housing, Windhill21 Primary School, Bishop's Stortford Food Bank and the Methodist Church in South Street.
Around 100 visitors enjoyed the spectacle and browsed for gifts at a Fairtrade stall. There was also a raffle, refreshments including mulled wine and festive music.
During the weekend celebration, Holy Trinity also hosted an informal service with carols, songs, sketches, puppets and John Betjeman's poem, Christmas.
The church's administration assistant Samantha Clayden said: "It was somewhere you could go to keep out of the cold and get a warm welcome and feel the spirit of Christmas – a worthwhile event."
At the end of the festival, unclaimed trees were donated to families in need.
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