Hawkchurch gears up for its Christmas tree festival

PUBLISHED: 07:01 12 December 2018 | UPDATED: 07:24 12 December 2018

A previous Christmas Tree Festival at Hawkchurch. Picture CONTRIBUTED

A previous Christmas Tree Festival at Hawkchurch. Picture CONTRIBUTED

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Prizes on offer for the best decorated trees with categories for children and adults

The popular Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s Church in Hawkchurch will be even bigger and brighter this year, say organisers.

It opens on Tuesday, December 18, and continues until Christmas Eve, daily from 12noon until 6pm.

Organisers expect to see at least 3,000 Christmas tree lights twinkling on more than 35 Christmas trees.

Decorated and lit Christmas trees can be entered by members of the community, clubs and other organisations. Each entrant can choose their own theme, and past years have seen a huge variety from the traditional to much more modern and thematic trees. Visitors can vote for their favourites in two categories - adults and children under 14 – with prizes for the winners.

Organiser Jean Ransford said: “One of the great favourites is always the Memory Tree, on which visitors can hang personal dedications on special stars that are provided.

“Another firm favourite is the Sweetie Tree, where children can choose a sweet to eat and then use the wrapper to decorate the tree.”

During the week-long Festival, there will be two choral concerts, bathed in the atmospheric lights of the illuminate trees. The first is by the children of Hawkchurch Primary School and members of the community on Thursday, December 20, at 6pm. The second is by the Community Youth and Adult Choirs on Saturday, December 22, at 7pm - entrance £5 for adults including drinks and nibbles.

There will also be a stall selling home made festive produce such as Christmas cake and chutney.

Hawkchurch is about three miles east of Axminster. St John the Baptist’s Church, dating from Norman times and with many original features, is opposite the Old Inn. There is plenty of parking spaces nearby . All proceeds from the festival go to the church maintenance fund.

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