Festive holiday fun at Christmas tree event

Amy and Jane Hargrave looking at Guides Senior Section Christmas Tree Festival at Holly Cross Church. NNL-141214-160827009
Amy and Jane Hargrave looking at Guides Senior Section Christmas Tree Festival at Holly Cross Church. NNL-141214-160827009

Christmas trees sporting a host of imaginative and colourful designs went on display at Daventry’s Holy Cross Church on December 13.

Groups and businesses from across the district contributed 25 trees with themes inspired by their role within the community, including Daventry Guides Senior Section and accountancy firm Swann Systems (pictured).

A strikingly bare tree with poppies and topped by a football was also put up to commemorate a series of unofficial ceasefires taking place during the Christmas of 1914, when German and British soldiers put down their weapons for a few hours. According to some accounts they even played a football match.

Daventry’s Mayor Ron Fox attended the Church on Saturday to pick the three best Christmas trees in the categories of clubs, charities and businesses. These were Daventry Cub Scouts, with their camp fire tree, the Daventry Mothers Club with their tree replete with children’s toys and accessories and the Garage Equipment Association, which decorated its tree with spanners.

But hundreds of festival goers have also been taking the opportunity to pick their favourites have also been casting their votes for their favourite design, which will be revealed on the final day of the festival on Saturday, December 20.

Festival organiser Mary Adams said she was delighted by the response from the community, with, at the time of writing £400 raised for the upkeep of the church.

“Everybody seems to be really pleased by the display,” Ms Adams said. “The trees look really good, and we are thinking of keeping them up after Christmas.”

The church will also open tomorrow (Friday) for last minute votes to be placed. There will be a charge of £1 which will go to the church.