Christmas

Upminster church community knits Christmas tree for the holidays

PUBLISHED: 17:04 01 December 2015 | UPDATED: 17:04 01 December 2015

Charity knitters with the Christmas tree

Charity knitters with the Christmas tree

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With Christmas just around the corner, the festive spirit is starting to kick in with seasonal markets, slashed prices on presents and turkeys ready to be popped into the oven.

But the community of the Trinity United Reformed Church, Station Road, Upminster, has gone above and beyond to make this year even more special, dedicating 10 months to helping knit an 8ft tall woolly tree that stands proudly within the building.

Pam Addis, member of the church’s fundraising group, said: “It has brought people in the community together and encouraged many to visit the church and help with the tree.

“We are very pleased with the outcome and hope everyone enjoys looking at it and appreciate all of the hard work that’s gone into it.”

Nearly 1,000 squares of wool have been knitted by members of the congregation, clubs held at the church and anyone else who fancied stitching a patch since February, contributing to the church’s festive centrepiece.

Pam said: “It took all morning to put it up but it was definitely worth it in the end just to see everyone’s faces.

“I think it looks lovely and I’m so proud we managed to complete it just in time for December.”

The tree, decorated in woolly tinsel and festive ball balls, will be in the church for all to see on Christmas Day but will be dismantled in the New Year.

The plan is for the knitters to then reunite to sew the patches together and create blankets which will be donated to charity Christian Hope International in Harold Wood which helps those abroad living in poverty.

Pam said: “The charity does a lot of great work and to support what they do gives us a great feeling.

“It has taken a long time to do but it has been worth it.”

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