Still puzzled? It’s a unique knitted Christmas tree, complete with knitted decorations, displayed throughout the Christmas of 2011 in Poulton Methodist Church on Queensway.
People from all over had been hard at it for weeks, knitting a total of 2000 simple green leaves to a simple pattern, to form the main structure of the tree. Along with locals from Poulton, there were people from all over the North West and even America contributing their knitted efforts. A scaffolding shape was erected by Wyre Council at the Church, which was covered in fabric, and the leaves sewn onto the backing cloth. Yellow and red pom-pom decorations brought the tree to life!
Community groups and individuals were involved in this project, which has been growing for the previous six years, and last years theme was ‘films’. It was started by the fundraising committee as a project for the Church and has grown each year with everyone taking part getting a lot out of it – the planning and preparation has brought people together and created community spirit in the achievement of such a big scheme!
Last year, half of the monies raised went to Help for Heroes and the other half went towards the Church funds, so it’s a very worthwhile fundraiser, and just one of the events organised each year by the fundraising group which numbers only a dozen committed members.
A knitted Christmas tree is also for life, not just for Christmas! After the tree was dismantled in January, the pointed ends of the leaves were unpicked to return each one to a rectangle, and then sewn together to make knee blankets for elderly people, with some being distributed to nursing homes in the local area and some of them going abroad – imagine that, the Poulton Christmas tree ending up anywhere in the world!
The Church was open for people to call in and look at this masterpiece until the end of December with free entry in return for donation, then the tree was dismantled at the beginning of January.
The Christmas spirit doesn’t end with the knitted tree – the whole of the inside of the church was trimmed with decorated live trees for the Christmas tree festival. They were on loan from The Plant Place, sat in special holders so they could be watered and kept fresh – 50 trees were in place at the beginning of December and available for anyone to buy and take away to their own homes for the season.
Why don’t you call in to the Church at any time during the year and while you are there enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the cafe – it’s well worth a visit any time through the year!
Knitted xmas tree at Poulton Methodist Church