Festival of Trees to showcase local creativity

Knitted tree

This December we're teaming up with the St Paul’s Centre to host a weekend of Christmas celebrations based around the theme of trees.

Community groups, church organisations, local businesses, schools and individuals have spent the past few weeks designing and creating unique trees which will be displayed across the Festival of Trees weekend on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December.

Trees will include an eight-foot knitted design featuring more than 700 green squares which have been made by people from across Spennymoor and beyond. Knitted decorations including lights and angels also feature on the tree.

Other trees on display across the weekend will include art-themed trees, a tree made out of wooden pallets and an unusual creation using a pair of stepladders.

The free event takes place in the St Paul’s Centre and Church from 10am-4pm on December 16th and from 1pm-5pm on December 17th. Craft-based activities for children will be available throughout the weekend.

Alongside the trees on display, music will entertain visitors including the Spennymoor Town Band, The Witness Choir, The Rainbow Singers and the choir of St Paul’s and Whitworth church singing well-known Christmas music.

The festival will launch on Friday 15th December will local theatre group Natural High performing ‘The Stars Come Out For Christmas’. Tickets for the concert are £5 and are available by calling the Centre on 01388 813404.

Sandra Heslop from the organising committee said: “After months of planning, we’re just a couple of weeks away from the event and it will be a perfect opportunity to get in the Christmas spirit. It has been fantastic to see the community coming together to produce a wide array of Christmas tree designs and we’re really looking forward to seeing the trees on display across the Centre and Church.”

The festival will culminate with carol singing in the church grounds on the Sunday afternoon at 4pm.

To help create a legacy from peoples' creative designs, the knitted tree featuring hundreds of green squares will be turned into dementia mats. The plan is that the squares will be sewn together as patchwork mats and include zips, toggles and buttons and then donated to local care homes to give out to people with dementia.

It’s not too late to contribute to the event and anyone who would like to create a tree to display should contact the St Paul’s Centre on 01388 813404 or email stpaulscentre@btconnect.com.

Tree designs can be brought to the Centre on Thursday 14th December between 3pm-6pm and Friday 15th December, 10am-3pm.