Christmas Tree Festival 2017

05 Dec 17

The 2017 Christmas Tree Festival at St. Laurence’s will long be remembered as the one with not a single decent day of weather for people to come out of their homes and come and see the trees. Heavy mist and drizzle the first weekend, hard frost and snow the second and the third started icy and was then wet. However it was a wonderful event with many lovely comments. A warm drink and mince pie was an attraction if time permitted.


 The decorating  of the trees was a very happy time, and the biting wind that blew across the church yard was not reflected inside. Everyone coming in and decorating “their” tree while others were sorting the different items that are around the church from the big bell, the angels, trumpets etc. We were also able to display the beautiful nativity set that we were given earlier in the year by Radford and Halbrook Methodist Church. We put the Holy family with the lambs on the font with the three kings (traveling from the east end of the church) in one of the chancel windows.  


We will be leaving these figures on display in the church during Epiphany and once the trees have been cleared the kings will be moved nearer the font. The church have donated £50 to the Radford and Halbrook Methodist Church for their Christmas Charity as they would not accept anything for themselves.


Some of the new titles for this year have been:  Forbidden Fruits Tree; The Artery, Two front teeth straightened, “Local Dignitrees” “Trigonom~e~tree” and Church Advent.


However despite the weather it was well worth the work, and everyone who has commented have said how much they enjoyed their visit.

Some comments from the visitor’s book include

“Still the best ever.”

“Always special.”


“Such a lot of love in the way all the trees look”


“Beautiful trees.  Well done everyone – Just stunning”


“Fab Fab FAB!”       


 The Nativity set very kindly given by Radford and Halbrooks Methodist Church


Over the three weekends, despite the weather, we must have had over 400 visitors which although good was considerably down on previous years. All welcomed through our doors.


Obviously we are financially down on recent previous years with a total of £1886.65 of which £380 has been forwarded to the Mary Ann Evans Hospice, the remainder will go towards the running cost of the church. A further £99 was raised for the churchyard fund. However it has still been a wonderful event for Ansley Church.


We wish to say a big thank you to all the people, organisations and businesses who assist with this event which gives so much enjoyment to so many people.






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Rev. John Langlands

 It is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome you to St Laurence.  Frances, my wife, and I have received a very warm welcome ourselves, so you will not be disappointed when you visit St Laurence.  I am also the vicar of the other churches in Ansley and Arley – St John’s, St Michael’s and St Wilfrid’s.

Being in a rural and farming area in the north part of Coventry Diocese is like coming home for us.  A number of years ago I pastored a church in rural Norfolk which was mainly surrounded by arable farms with some pigs and chickens.  The strong sense of community life was something very special.  This should be particularly valued in these days when many folk live such individual, separate and often lonely lives. 

We have just had hot off the press a visiting card which I hope reflects what our church stands for: ‘You will not walk alone.  Together we are with you on life’s journey’.  Over these next weeks, months and years, I hope we can get to know you better and that you will find Frances and myself not just ‘churchy’ people but friends as well, who enjoy life and plenty of laughter!