Dashing displays bring yule tide cheer at Fareham Christmas tree festival

  • Stunning Christmas tree displays and yule tide spirit marked the start of Christmas tree festival in Fareham
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YULETIDE spirit was very much in the air as a church held its annual Christmas trees festival.

Fareham Methodist Church was a buzz of tinsel, lights and splendour as 23 Christmas trees were lovingly decorated from the top to the bottom in style.

Betty Evans decorating the Rotary Club of Fareham's Christmas tree Picture: Sarah Standing (161606-4266)

Betty Evans decorating the Rotary Club of Fareham's Christmas tree Picture: Sarah Standing (161606-4266)

People and organisations came together yesterday to take part in the annual tradition, with each tree incorporating a theme and in aid of a charity.

The occasion was a joyous celebration of community spirit as the festival entered its 16th year.

One of the charities taking part was Stubbington Village WI and Gill Southwell helped create a tasty offering in the form of a tree decorated with gingerbread.

The tasty treats hung from the various branches, coming in all shapes and sizes.

It’s such a lovely community event for everybody to get really involved with and use their imagination to come up with an interesting theme. It’s been great fun.

Maureen Bell, from the Rotary Club of Fareham

Gill said: ‘Each year we look at another charity to support and this year we picked the Gingerbread Organisation, a charity set up to provide help for single parents.

‘We thought it would be a great idea and it was a lot of fun to bake!’

A gingerbread house at the bottom of the tree completed the creation.

Organisations such as the Rotary Club of Fareham also got creative, as they unveiled a tree with present boxes attached that displayed an activity that they’d done or a project they had supported.

Maureen Bell, a member of the club, said: ‘It’s such a lovely community event for everybody to get really involved with and use their imagination to come up with an interesting theme. It’s been great fun.’

Jill Groom created a tree full of cupcakes and treats in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The tree was dedicated to her brother, John, who passed away on November 2 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

She said: ‘I think all the trees look wonderful and I hope people enjoy mine.’

Visitors have the chance to see the creations from today until Saturday and to vote for their favourite. Funds are collected from an entrance fee which is then donated to the various charities.

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