Saxmundham church sparkles as tree festival ushers in Christmas period

Christmas tree festival at St John's Church in Saxmundham.
Saxmundham Free School pupils practisin

Christmas tree festival at St John's Church in Saxmundham. Saxmundham Free School pupils practising for their Christingle concert. - Credit: Archant

A dazzling display of more than 40 festive firs are on show at a Suffolk church.

Christmas tree festival at St John's Church in Saxmundham. Rev Andy Wolton and Jill Sedge.

Christmas tree festival at St John's Church in Saxmundham. Rev Andy Wolton and Jill Sedge. - Credit: Archant

It may be cold outside but competition for Saxmundham Christmas Tree Festival is heating up – with visitors to St John’s Church invited to help choose a winner today.

Trees decorated by clubs, societies, organisations and businesses have been in place for the last week, with the final votes to be cast before 3.30pm today, and the winners announced at about 4pm.

There are prizes for first, second and third, and an extra prize for the tree selected by an independent judge.

Festival organiser Jill Sedge said: “We’ve had some modern takes on things, some totally recyclable trees, some traditional, and some showing what the organisations are all about.”


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Schoolchildren will sing carols as the final votes are collected at the church, before a lantern-lit walk to Fromus Square for more carols.

Carol services also take place in Kelsale at 4.30pm this Sunday; Carlton at 2.30pm next Sunday, and at 6.30pm on December 21 in Saxmundham, where there is a crib service at 3pm and Communion from 11pm on Christmas Eve.

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Christmas Day Communion is at 10am in Kelsale.

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