Worlingworth: Christmas trees to show their X-factor

The winning tree from last year's Christmas Tree X-Factor compeition in Worlingworth. The winning tree from last year's Christmas Tree X-Factor compeition in Worlingworth.

Andrew Hirst andrew.hirst@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
1:57 PM

A village church is to become awash with sparkling colour as 30 Christmas trees are transformed into festive works of competitive art.

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Worlingworth’s third annual Christmas Tree “X-Factor” gets under way at St Mary’s Church tomorrow with more entries than ever.

Families, groups and individual competitors will be hoping to impress the public with their hand-crafted decorations in the annual tradition

Chief organiser Nick Cook said the competition helped unite the community and bring the church into greater use. “The building is being used by everyone in the village so you suddenly get this breath of laughter and energy,” he said.

“The decorations add a burst of colour and it’s great to see the children running around enjoying themselves and hopefully remembering it for years to come.”

St Mary’s has received delivery of 30 5ft Christmas trees, which the competitors will begin decorating from tomorrow.

Entries in previous years have featured everything from hand-carved wooden ornaments, origami paper decorations and even a tree full of edible treats.

Judging begins on Friday at 7pm when visitors are charged £2 for a hot drink, sausage roll and a voting slip to select their favourite entry in four categories: under 16, individual, family and group.

The voting, which is free for children, will continue throughout the weekend culminating in the big announcement on Sunday afternoon after the 3.30pm Christmas carol service.

Mr Cook said that he expected around 130 people to attend the carol service alone with hundreds more over the weekend helping to raise significant funds for the church. Last year’s event raised around £800.

St Mary’s will be open from 7pm on Friday, between 10am and 4pm on Sunday and from 10am to 2pm on Sunday before the carol service.