The Christmas Tree Festival at Leighton’s All Saints Church has raised a record total of more than £5,000 for All Saints Preservation Trust.
With a snip of a pair of scissors and then Christmas songs from the children of Pulford school, the three-day festival was declared open and the crowds poured in to see 86 trees beautifully decorated.
“It was an overcast morning,” said organiser Janet Wenborn “so the church looked wonderful with the subdued daylight contrasting with the brilliant Christmas lights.
“We had so many imaginative displays that we had a job fitting them all in, including two fireplaces, choristers apparently climbing over the organ to reach their music as well as some highly unusual tree interpretations.”
In his opening remarks, Richard Genochio, chairman of the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust, congratulated the church for its careful restoration over the past 16 years, setting a positive example to others as to what could be achieved with determination and hard work.
He was clearly impressed with the singing by the Pulford school children, applauding in delight at the end of each item.
Delighted with the £5,000-plus total raised, Mrs Wenborn added: “Every penny will be put towards the ongoing repair and maintenance of this very special building.”