Winners of Dickleburgh church Christmas tree festival are announced

Annie Chapman with the Ladies Tractor Road Run tree

Annie Chapman with the Ladies Tractor Road Run tree - Credit: Archant

The winners of an annual festival of Christmas trees in a south Norfolk church have been announced following a public vote of people who enjoyed seeing the creative designs.

1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, with Harleston District Girl Guiding's plastic bottle tree.The

1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, with Harleston District Girl Guiding's plastic bottle tree.The - Credit: Archant

The 12th annual 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at All Saints Church in Dickleburgh, near Diss drew to a close on Sunday, with the prize-giving for the 23 most popular trees voted by visitors to the festival.

The Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run was the winner in the adult category for their tree decorated with tiny pink bras.

The annual tractor run is organised by Annie Chapman and held in south Norfolk every year in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Susan Whymark Funeral Service came second with a dress tree and Culrose Residential Care Home were third with their gingerbread-themed tree.

1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, who combined with Harleston District Girl Guiding, won the children's category with their plastic bottle tree, displaying Christmas messages of hope.

Harleston CE VA Primary School came second with their Hands of Hope tree and Burston Community Primary School was third with their gingerbread house tree.

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The Nick Arnull Plate, for the most innovative tree, was shared by Susan Whymark Funeral Service and 1st Dickleburgh Rainbows with Harleston District Girl Guiding.

The week long Christmas tree festival has raised £2,000 for East Anglia's Children's Hospices and a donation will also be made to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital's oncology department, with residual funds being retained by the Benefice of Dickleburgh and the Pulhams.

Rowena Roskelly, one of the festival's organisers, said: 'We have had an excellent week.

'I would particularly like to thank all the volunteers who helped set up the church and look after visitors throughout the Christmas Tree festival.

'Thanks also go the local organisations and businesses who contributed such a superb collection of decorated trees; many congratulations to all the winners.

'This has been the last 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at Dickleburgh, although some of the volunteers are thinking about running something different in the church during Advent 2016.'

Here is a list of the trees in the order of votes:

Adult

1 Ladies Tractor Road Run

2 Susan Whymark Funeral Service

3 Culrose Residential Care Home

4 Langmere Garden Club

5 Dickleburgh Royal British Legion - Women's Section

6 Dickleburgh Church Flower Arrangers

7 Dickleburgh and District Royal British Legion

8 Harleston fundraising group for Marie Curie Cancer Care

9 Steve Green, Window Cleaner

10 Starston Pealers Handbell Ringers

11 Dickleburgh Table Tennis Club

12 Bressingham & Fersfield Allotment Association

13 Dickleburgh Good Companions

14 Anglia Catering Equipment

15 Local and Family History Research Services

Children's trees

1 1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, together with Harleston District Girl Guiding

2 Harleston CE VA Primary School

3 Burston Community Primary School

4 Dickleburgh Primary School

5 Diss Children's Centre

6 Scole Pre-School Group

7 Dickleburgh Pre-School

8 Tivetshall Primary School

Nick Arnull plate for most innovative tree: shared by:

Adult: Susan Whymark Funeral Service

Child: 1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, together with Harleston District Girl Guiding