First Christmas Tree Festival Report

09 Dec 19

The work by so many, to get everything ready for the start of this year’s festival, was immense. From getting the trees in place, sorting all the logistical things and making sure the church was clean and tidy. To this must be added the enormous number of hours individuals and groups have taken to sort the decorations and especially those that made their own on many of the trees.


The hours spent knitting, gluing, sewing etc. that has taken place before coming to the church cannot be measured.


Do please look closely at the trees or you may miss some of the intricate work that has been done. One of the trees that can easily be missed is “The White Tree” with its Hardanger embroidered decorations. Clare estimates that it took some 4 -5 hours to make each of the 30 plus decorations. The time children spent making their decorations on the trees that they helped decorate must also be included.


As well as trees, there are many extra things around the church and suspended from the arches, adding another dimension to your visit.

Our first day got off to a very good start with a steady stream of visitors who were able to enjoy a lovely sunny day to visit. Those that came on the Sunday had to cope with the wind and the heavy showers, but everyone seemed to enjoy their time in the church. Those with time were able to enjoy a hot drink and mince pie in the Annexe.

The people of St. Laurence Church are very grateful to everyone who helps make the church look so special for these events.

Titles of some of the 60 trees include:

”Light the Path

Christmas Craft Tree,

Puppy Time

Moon Landing


Everyone’s Angels

All Creatures Great and Small.

Some more photos will follow soon

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Christmas Tree Festival Report 2019

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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 Curate 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!