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Villagers aim to rival Cotehele's festive garland

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 10, 2013

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The congregation of a North Cornwall church are hoping to rival the efforts of the National Trust at Cotehele this Christmas by making their own festive garland.

The famous flower swag at the property on the banks of the Tamar draws thousands of visitors – but the members of Werrington Ladies Circle reckon theirs will be equally charming.

It will be constructed in time for a three-day Christmas tree festival at Yeolmbridge Methodist Church in Ladycross, a village just north of Launceston.

Parishioner Mary Cole said: "We think our garland is going to be quite a work of art and we'd love it to be seen by more people. Any profits will go towards the upkeep of the church."

It will be on display over the weekend of December 13-15, when there will also be craft stalls, mince pies, soup, cream teas and cakes.

The festival will close with a community carol service at 6pm on the Sunday, when the Cadenza Singers, under the baton of Rob Parkin, will be appearing.

"We are delighted that most of our parish organisations, nearby villages and local schools have promised Christmas tree exhibits to make the whole thing a real community effort," said Mary. "Those taking part include our three local schools, two pre-school nurseries, the cricket club, Werrington Church, the men's skittles team and the ladies skittles team."

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