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Festival provides a ‘heart-warming’ start to Christmas

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St Laurence’s Church in Stroud was full of the sights and scents of the season when it hosted its Christmas Tree Festival.

“The 2022 Stroud Christmas Tree Festival was a huge success with 99 beautiful, imaginative trees from charities, WIs, local businesses, playgroups, schools and many others,” said Camilla Hale, one of the event’s organisers.

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The church was filled with 99 Christmas trees. Picture: Ian Thomas.

“Four of the trees were memory trees, so important at this time of year. We opened on the Goodwill Evening and ran through to a final carol service on Sunday 11th – 10 days of music events with two concerts, two special services and around 24 other music performances given for free.

“Amazing volunteers welcomed, served hot drinks and built a warm atmosphere for just over 7,000 visitors. It has been heart-warming and, for many, a real start to Christmas.”

Pictures by Ian Thomas

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