THE LOBBY, then the hall, and finally the church were a wonderland of Christmas Trees for St Mary’s church, Purley-on-Thames earlier this month.
Each tree was provided and decorated by a different organisation from Purley. They were split almost equally between children’s groups and adult groups, with 25 trees in all.
Jacky Brown,one of the organisers of the event, said: “As you wandered round you would be amazed by the ingenuity each group used to show something of their activities in the decoration of their trees.”
The winners, 1st Purley Brownies, won by a single vote with their “Nature’s Decorations” tree.
“Obviously the natural look is popular this year, as their closest rivals, Purley Pathfinders, had used things they found on their walks. Their tree “Best of British Countryside” was a natural branch sat on the windowsill surrounded by cotton wool snow, and decked with all sorts of berries, cones, “old-man’s-beard” & Chinese lanterns. They took the prize for Adult Runner-up.
“The Children Runner-up wasn’t many votes behind the other two – it was Purley CE Infants School. The children had made most of the decorations themselves – angels, bells, baubles – each with a special Christmas message on it.”
The prize for the winning tree was a large tin of sweets, and Jacky added: “[they] will no doubt have added to the pleasures of their Christmas party 2 days later!”
There were more fun and games at the festival as guests could buy cakes, teas, coffees, amongst other things. There was also the opporunity to guess the name of the Teddy Bear – Edward.
“Whilst all this was going on, in the vestry the children were busy making Christingles”, and on Sunday at 5pm
the children returned and collected their Christingles to take them into church for a special Christingle service.”