BEAUTIFUL trees decorated by groups and schools across Devizes lit up St John’s Church on Saturday as its Christmas Tree Festival was launched.

Marjie Pook from the organising committee said: “The trees have been decorated this year by children’s groups, schools, pre schools and nurseries, and adult trees by local businesses, including shops and organisations, charities and nursing home residents .

“As in previous years, the standard of the decorations is outstanding. Quite a few with an eco theme.

“They look fantastic and the work and ideas that have gone into them will make judging very difficult. There’s always a lovely atmosphere in church when the decorators come in, which we love.

“We would love people to come in and see for themselves just how much thought has gone into every tree.”

The church will be open again on December 21 and 28 for people to view and a special celebration evening is to be held on Friday (December 13) from 7pm.

Devizes Mayor Judy Rose will visit the church during the afternoon tomorrow to judge the trees and then present prizes during the evening to the best junior and senior entry.

Entrance is free and both Father Christmas and Rudolf will make an appearance. A post box for children to send Christmas letters to Santa will be available.

Charities being supported this year include Dorothy House, Julia’s House, Alzheimer’s Support, Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Wiltshire Young Carers which were all chosen by the church congregation. Main sponsor Cross Manufacturing chose Devizes and District Opportunity Centre to benefit.