St Laurence Parish Church, Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire

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St Laurence Church, Bidford-on-Avon

The Church of St Laurence, Deacon and Martyr. The Parish of Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire. Diocese of Coventry.

Event Reports

Christmas Tree Festival - 14/15 December 2019

The 21st Annual Festival brought people together for a real community occasion in which many different groups, businesses, families and individuals from Bidford and surrounding villages took part. The ingenuity shown in the display of the trees was remarkable.

Bidford-on-Avon C of E Primary School was Overall Winner and Winner of the Christmas Tree Cup.

The Dementia Café were thrilled to win their class, as their members had all contributed memories to stick on their tree and we saw many visitors reading them. It shows that whatever the difficulties, we all have something to contribute to life. It was pleasing to see visitors from Murray House, the facility for adults with severe learning difficulties. Indeed we thank all our visitors.

The Festival made a welcome contribution towards church funds. The catering, now in the church, made a much bigger contribution this year: thank-you to Ingrid Rushton and her refreshment helpers, and to those who donated comestibles. We thank all the other volunteers who helped to prepare and run the Festival, David Prickett for playing the organ on Saturday, and Bidford Area Community Choir for singing on Sunday.

Results as follows but we are grateful to all who entered trees and shared the spirit of Christmas.


  • Winner: Bidford Dementia Café (The Memory Tree)
  • Runner-Up: Rubbish Friends Bidford-on-Avon (Upcycled Christmas)


  • Winner: The Village Café (The Village Café)
  • Runner-Up: Bidford Fire Station (Smokey)


  • Winner: Elizabeth Folkes (The Blanket Tree)
  • Runner-Up: Mandy Stanley (It looks like rein, again, deer!)

Children’s Groups

  • Winner: Bidford-on-Avon Church of England Primary School (Reindeers and Robins)
  • Runner-Up: 1st Bidford Brownies (Rockin’ Robins)

Unassisted Children under 12

  • Joint Winners: Mabel Folkes (Hama Christmas), Cleo and Logan Hodgetts (That Naughty Elf!), Gemma Ilsley (The Polar Express)

We are very grateful to all those who donated prizes for the raffle.

With thanks to Andrew Pitt, Organiser, and members of The Christmas Tree Committee.

Reindeers and Robins.
Rockin' Robins.

The Blanket Tree.

It Looks Like Rein, Again, Deer!
Hama Christmas.

The Polar Express.
Star Light, Star Bright.

The Nativitree.