|Christmas tree festivals have been brightening up churches throughout South Wales.|
The festivals which have been growing in popularity over recent years, involve community groups and individuals decorating trees along various imaginative themes, from milk carton tops to felt fruit and traditional baubles.
They have been held throughout the Llandaff Diocese from Bridgend to Penarth and from Llantrisant to Cwmparc.
In Bridgend the parish of Coity, Nolton and Brackla with Coychurch held its eleventh festival at St Mary’s Church, Nolton, raising around £2,400 for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity.
Canon Mike Komor said, “The eleventh Christmas Tree Festival at Nolton church brought together over fifty contributions from church groups, local businesses, schools, charities and organisations.
“Over the course of the first week in December many hundreds of adults and children visited the Festival, and were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite tree in each of the separate categories. In addition, Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon nominated her ‘best’ tree.
“The Festival culminated with a day of live music provided by church groups, and then the Festival Concert in the evening of 9th December, featuring the Bridgend Big Band and other artists.
“The benefitting charity this year was the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity. Although this charity had been nominated at the beginning of the year, the choice was made even more poignant as at the end of November the Children’s Hospital had provided wonderful care to one of our young church members.”
Pictures show the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Church, Nolton.