SIXTEEN individuals and community groups prepared a feast for the eyes at St Mary’s Church in Lifton, as part of their Christmas Tree Festival. 

Trees representing a variety of organisations and topical themes were displayed at last weekend’s event, bringing Christmas cheer to all that were in attendance. 

Reverend Philip Conway,  said: “The ingenuity and creativity of the wider Lifton community was in glorious evidence at last weekend’s Christmas Tree Festival.”

The tree festival, which has happened biannually for more than 20 years, had a non-voluntary pause due to COVID and lockdown, meaning this was the first event since 2019.

“Mrs Elizabeth Brown and Mrs Gill Whitford have, for the last two months, been the driving force who have organised and inspired everyone to produce such wonderful displays,” continued Rev Conway. “The list of participants included the village school, local businesses, youth organisations and community and leisure interest groups.”

The festival which ran from Friday to Sunday included a concert given by the Lifton Singers and the Lewtrenchard Handbell ringers on the Saturday evening. 

Despite it being extremely cold, there was a warm atmosphere which was well assisted by the presence of mince pies and mulled wine!