St Columb Major Church held their Christmas Fayre this week as part of their popular Christmas Tree Festival.

The fayre saw over 200 people come through the church doors, who enjoyed the choice of morning tea and cake, a lunchtime pasty or an afternoon Cornish tea.

Trees line the church at St Columb Major

After having a break last year, the Christmas Tree Festival returned this year with 50 trees which have been bought and decorated by local businesses, charities and residents. The festival also featured a larger ‘Memory Star’ tree for those who want to remember a loved or lost one. Money raised from this tree goes towards two local causes; the Oasis Centre ‘Memory Café’ fund and the ‘Help Izzy Walk’ appeal.

Children enjoyed a range of activities including a treasure hunt, a Christmas quiz, baking, mini brass rubbing and decoration making.

Andy Nash, PCC Secretary said: “The best thing about the day is seeing all the children coming through the door. We are usually very short on children during our weekly services so having so many youngsters enjoying our church is a real highlight.”

Money raised from the fayre and the tree festival will go towards the Church Rewiring Project which hopes to see the church installed with new lighting in the future.

Jill Merrifield, Lay Chairman and Secretary of the Christmas Tree Committee has really enjoyed the festival so far this year: “It has been so well supported and the atmosphere in the church is great – it has just jelled beautifully, we will definitely do it again. ”

A young girls enjoys the Christmas tree decoration making

The festival is open daily until Monday 26th December (closed 25th except for services) from 10am – 5pm (except 11am – 2pm on Boxing Day)

If you have any questions about the festival, please contact the PCC secretary Andy Nash on 01637 881554 or


Decorated trees light up the church