Treemendous winter festival

A magical forest will sprout overnight next week when a church hosts its second Christmas tree festival.

Holy Trinity in Stevenage Old Town will be transformed for the four-day festival from Wednesday 15, by trees decorated by townsfolk in their own themed style.

Cheri Pemberton of the Rotary Club of Stevenage, which is helping to organise the festival along with Friends of Holy Trinity and Keech Hospice Care, said: “The aisles and every corner of the church will be filled with Christmas Trees. The lights will be on, Christmas music will be playing and the trees will be telling their own individual story.”

As well as the seeing the trees and voting for their favourite, visitors are invited to a half hour free organ recital on Friday from noon and again at 1pm, followed by a ‘souper lunch’. And in the evening a festival concert will feature Pasque Harmony ladies choir.

Tickets for the concert are �10 on the door, including Christmassy refreshments, with proceeds going to Keech Hospice.

The festival will be open from 10am until 5pm until Saturday, and 9pm on Friday. Entry is �2 for adults, �1 for 12 to 18-year-olds and under-12s go free. A family ticket is �5. All proceeds go to charity.