IT’S BEGINNING to look a lot like Christmas at a Rugby town centre church.
St Andrew’s Church has decked its halls with boughs of pine for its Christmas Tree Festival, which runs throughout December.
Charities, schools, community groups and care homes have decorated trees to the theme of ‘Green Christmas – reduce, reuse, recycle’ – and lights, baubles and candles are casting a festive glow around the aisles.
A church spokesperson said: “The idea behind this year’s theme is recycling items from home so that costs can be kept to a minimum by those entering a tree. It also fits with the cost-of-living issues together with the Church’s eco values.
“This is the 20th year of holding our festival and, as always, the main purpose is to raise funds for charities that support the local community. This year we are supporting Rugby Myton Hospice who are raising funds to create a new sensory area.
“In addition to supporting charities, the festival gives so much pleasure to its visitors, many of whom return year after year to see the church looking so beautiful.”
Trees were decorated by organisations including Overslade House Care Home, Rugby Myton Hospice, Rugby Street Pastors, Art at the Alex, the Rotary Club of Rugby, the Inner Wheel Club of Rugby, Mother’s Union, Rugby Foodbank, The Cafe Writers, and Warwickshire Community And Voluntary Action.
Everyone is welcome to go along and enjoy the trees, make a donation, and vote for their favourites.