Tree festival set to light up church

THE first ever Christmas Tree Festival will be held in Utterby this year.

It is at St Andrew’s Church from Saturday, December 3 to Friday, December 9 and will feature a lightworks exhibition organised by staff and learners from the Grimsby Institute.

Almost 30 trees, individually decorated by local people and businesses, will be displayed inside the church.

There will be craft stalls and tea, coffee and mince pies.

Villager Penny Would said: “In order for our community to sustain St Andrew’s Church, which is a stunning ancient building, it’s been agreed to develop a heritage centre in the church with the aim that we can increase the footfall, and inevitably the income which will be needed for the future.

“It is hoped that ultimately the church will be a centre for the arts as well as displaying a permanent exhibition of the history of Utterby and its locality, and we’ve formed a committee to drive this forward.

“In order to be eligible to receive grants and funding we have to demonstrate our commitment – hence the Christmas Tree Festival.”