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Help create church display of wonderful Xmas trees
People of all ages are being invited to show off their festive creativity and magic up a dazzling Christmas tree for a church display in the Staffordshire town of Tamworth. The increasingly popular annual yuletide tradition involves St Editha's Church in Tamworth town centre. Tamworth Borough Council's Arts and Events team have joined with St Editha's to invite businesses, community groups, charities, individuals and schools to join in with the Christmas tree event. It is an opportunity for organisations to use their creative flair and at the same time publicise their body or business. This year's Christmas Tree Festival takes place from Friday 22 November to Friday 29 November between 9am and 5pm. Members of the public can buy a token and vote for their favourite tree. The winners of each category are announced at the end of the festival. The event, which coincides with the switching on of the Christmas lights in St Editha's Square on Sunday 24 November, raises valuable funds for the church.

St Editha's Church Christmas Tree Festival
Some of the previously decorated Christmas trees

Anyone can take part in the Christmas Tree Festival, whether it's a local business, a school or community group looking to promote their work, or an individual who just loves the festive period. A space in the church costs £10 and people bring their own trees; real, artificial or made in other ways. Trees can be decorated in any way, including traditional, themed or reflective of the business or group. Entrants are advised that the church cannot supply mains power so any lights must be battery operated. Decorating of the various trees will take place on Thursday 21 November and Friday 22 November between 9am and 3pm. The Christmas Tree Festival will then be open to the public until November 28, including throughout the Christmas lights switch-on event on Sunday 24 November.

St Editha's Church
St Editha's Church will be crammed with dozens of Christmas trees

Application forms to take part in the Christmas Tree Festival are available from the Parish Office at 29 Church Street, Tamworth, St Editha's Church book shop or via email at Or for more information, please contact the Parish Office on 01827 68339.
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Why? Get creative and decorate a Christmas tree for church festival
When: 22 November to 29 November
Phone: 01827 68339
Where: St Editha's Church, St Editha's Close, Tamworth B79 7DA
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