St Conan’s spruces up for Christmas

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Organisers of St Conan Kirk’s are sprucing it up for this year’s magical Christmas Tree Festival.

A call for any last entries is going out, with decorated trees already booked to come from Oban, Inveraray, Tyndrum and lots of the villages in between.

‘We’ve been very pleased to once again see a real cross section of the community getting behind the festival and registering to enter a tree,’ said Liz Mackay, of the Friends of St Conan’s.

‘We plan to close registration in mid November and at the moment have room for another seven to 10 trees,’ she added.

Individuals, families, organisations, businesses and local groups can take part. The tree should be at least 4ft, but can be taller, traditional or made of any material in a tree shape.

And they can be decorated to represent the organisation or with any theme that appeals.

It is free to enter but the trees must be lit with battery lights – and no flashing ones.

Anyone who would like to enter a tree should email Liz on by November 19.

Festival visitors will be asked to make a donation and to vote for their favourite tree.

Competition is fierce for the accolade of Visitors’ Favourite, won in 2019 by Lochnell Primary pupils for their fantastic Reduce, Reuse, Treecycle.

‘We hope that everyone will enjoy the festival and we are working hard on safety plans,’ said Liz.

To spread out visitor attendance the festival will be open for extra hours, there will be a new layout and route around the kirk for distancing purposes, and measures, such as wearing masks, will be in place.

‘It would also be very much appreciated if everyone did a Lateral Flow Test before coming along,’ said Liz.

As well as the trees,  there will be a festive raffle, hot drinks and homebaking, and
younger visitors are asked to look for Santa’s Elves.

St Conan’s Christmas Tree Festival in Lochawe runs from Friday December 3 to Sunday December 5, 10am to 6pm.