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Christmas tree festival success

Congratulations to the organisers of the Draycott Christmas Tree Festival!  With over a dozen trees lining the walls of the old church, and longer opening hours, this year’s event has proved an even better occasion than last year’s… and, if you have not yet been along, you still have until the end of the week to see it all.

A welcome addition has been the music. A speaker system now provides carols and/or appropriate Christmas tunes as one wanders around.


All the contributed trees had to fit the entry rules, which meant they had to be under four-feet high, but all entrants came up with clever ways to enhance their decorations.
The most ingenious came from Blythe Bridge High School, where the pupils of the Derwent House designed a tree using chemistry-laboratory equipment!  Not surprisingly perhaps, they dubbed it a ‘chemis-tree’.  Very clever!

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The St Margaret’s Bell Ringers entered a tree which used a miniature ringing tower as its frame, while the Tean 1st Brownies used messages of hope to pin to its tree.
Draycott Moor College students turned their tree into a fun project.  They photographed a teddy-bear in a lot of recognisable sites around the village, and turned the photos into roundels to hang from their tree.  Again, so clever!

Other contributors included Draycott Women’s Institute, St Peter’s Church ‘Tiddlers’ group, Draycott Craft Club, other houses at Blythe Bridge High School, and more.

The disappointing thing was that no households entered a tree, and that more local organisations didn’t get involved.  After all, the effort is not so great – but the fun is enormous.
Maybe next year…?

Opening hours

The trees are all on view inside  St Margaret’s Church every day now until Sunday 14th December, during the afternoon (2-4pm) and the evening (6.30-8.30pm).  Admission is free, though a contribution would be welcome.

If you do go along, do ask if the ancient chapel is open.  The old tombs, which go back 500 years, are a beautiful sight – and much enhanced since some new spot-lighting was put in this year, making them much easier to see.

Merry Christmas!!

Yes, Christmas 2013 is here!

To anyone reading this post:   Have a jolly, happy Christmas, and we hope you get what you want from Santa…

Xmas tree

“Star of wonder, star of night” – the DMC Christmas tree

To help keep up the Christmas spirt, we thought you’d like to see the photo of this lovely decorated Christmas tree, which was one of the best to be featured in the recent Christmas Tree Festival at St Margaret’s.

It was deisgned and made by students at Draycott Moor College. It is a ‘real’ tree, collected on one of the students’ study-days on Cannock Chase.

Decorate a Christmas tree!

Now that the firework parties are out of the way, we can all concentrate on Christmas… and there is to be a special ‘Decorated Christmas Tree Festival’ in Draycott this December.

What’s more – you are being asked to take part!

Queen's Christmas tree at Windsor Castle 1848,...

Even Queen Victoria liked to dress a tree at Xmas

The idea is that individuals, families, community groups, schools, businesses – or whatever other grouping you can think of – get themselves a Christmas tree, decorate it, and take it along to the festival, where all the entries will be on show for a week.

This is both a fun activity, and one where the community can come together to remember a great time of year.
Members of the public who visit the display will be asked to vote for their favourite tree, and the one with the most votes will get a trophy…

The people at St Margaret’s Church are organising the festival, and the venue for the exhibition will be the inside of the lovely old church itself.  The church will be open for the week to allow people to wander in and see the dressed-up trees.

Okay… now it’s over to you.

Christmas tree

You don’t need lights on your tree

How it’s to be done…

Here are the conditions:
*Only artificial trees, please.
*Lights on the tree are permitted, but only battery-powered – there will be no mains connections.   However, as this is a ‘traditional-dressing’ festival, lights are not that necessary either.
*The tree should be no higher than four feet.
*Anyone, or any organisation, can enter a tree. Don’t forget to put a label on the tree to say who designed it.
*There is no fee to enter a tree

The trees should be delivered to St Margaret’s before the start of the festival.  For details, email Pauline

The festival will be open to the public for a week.  Refreshments will be available

If you have any queries, email Pauline.

Good luck – and have fun!!