THERE has been praise aplenty for the standard of the decorated trees in this year’s Crediton Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival.

It took place from Thursday, December 7 to Sunday, December 10 and, like last year, more than 4,000 people went along to see the impressive display of more than 70 decorated trees.

Before the rush of people at Crediton Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival. Video by Alan Quick

All of the trees had been decorated by local schools, charities, clubs, societies and businesses in the magnificent interior of Crediton Parish Church.

The Festival Co-Ordinator, Anne Jerman, worked very hard to make the event happen and was thrilled with the result.

She said that there were times when the church was very full with visitors, adding that those who went along were full of praise for those who decorated the trees.

She said there were many comments about the trees, adding that a “gift” tree decorated by Crediton Foodbank saw many take up the invitation to leave a gift of non-perishable festive fare under the tree.

There was also high praise for the standard of the food served in the Boniface Centre during the festival.

The huge tree at the side of the High Altar was most impressive, its beauty radiating throughout the whole church.

Outside the church, a row of lit trees makes a lovely image against the lit exterior of the church.

There was an opportunity for quiet reflection in the Lady Chapel where visitors were invited to place a prayer on the prayer tree.

Two concerts were highlights of the festival, one was with local singing group, Ad Hoc, with the brilliant Crediton Youth Orchestra.

The second was with the Holy Cross Choir and both were very well attended.

This year it was the 20th anniversary of the Christmas Tree Festival.

Anne and Bill Jerman brought the idea back to Crediton after seeing one advertised in Fakenham, Norfolk while they were on holiday.

There were 32 trees at the first Festival and it has been growing ever since.

The most popular tree was that decorated by the local Honiton Lace Group with beautifully decorated lace items.

The Festival raises funds for the repair and maintenance of the church building - vital for the Grade 1 listed Major Parish Church.

Full details of the amount raised will be announced at a later date.