THERE were visitors of all ages to St Mary’s Church in Caynham for the annual two day Christmas Tree Festival.

This year the theme of the festival was pantomimes.

It took place as has become a tradition over the first weekend of December when the church was open throughout the day.

As well as the chance to admire the tress and other Christmas decorations there were hot drinks, mince pies and cake. Fund raiaing also included a Christmas stall and tombola although admission to view the Christmas tress was free.

On the Saturday evening a concert was held that included festive music performed by the Little Hereford Male Voice Choir.

Real Christmas trees are by tradition primarily evergreens, usually either pine, spruce or fir tress. But other trees including hawthorn and cherry have also been used.

However, the use of evergreen trees as a form of decoration during winter festivals goes back to pagan times and pre-dates the birth of Christ. The first documented use of tress to mark Christmas and the New Year goes back to the 15th century in what is now Estonia.