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Festive season in full swing in Cinderford, Newent and Stroud

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

  • crafty: Marion Hogg, from Fair Trade, at St Mary's Church.

  • COLOURFUL: Reuben Dodd, nine, and Hannah Sverdloff, centre, 10, and her sister Amy, seven.

  • FASCINATED: Emilia Watkins, 14 months, at St Laurence Parish Church.

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CHRISTMAS revellers are having a tree-mendous time in Newent as the festive season kicks into full swing.

Community groups descended on St Mary's Church, in Church Street, to put up 46 trees of all shapes, colours and sizes for the annual Christmas Tree Festival.

Each group has designed its own tree reflecting the work they do.

Festival organiser Julie Gillard said: "We were expecting 50 trees, but 46 isn't too bad!

"The church looks lovely, it is completely full of trees.

"This is the fourth year we have done this and people are more than welcome to come along."

The festival opened on Saturday and people can go along on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm and on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Entry is £1 which goes towards the upkeep of the church.

Meanwhile, Cinderford enjoyed its Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday.

Town mayor Max Coborn said: "We had a parade too and everyone had a smile on their face."

Over in Stroud, the lights were switched on for 124 Christmas trees in Stroud's St Laurence's Church this weekend.

The eighth Community Christmas Tree Festival has seen more trees than ever sparkling in the church.

Claire Carter, of BBC Radio Gloucestershire, flicked the switch on Sunday marking the start of the week-long festival which concludes with a free Festival Songs of Praise at 4pm on Sunday, December 9.

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