Newton Pop Xmas tree fest boosts jubilee hopes

PUBLISHED: 13:30 13 December 2011

Rosemary and David Zirker with Gill Savage showing one of the raffle prizes at the christmas tree festival in Newton Poppleford pavilion to help raise funds for next years Queens jubilee celebrations. Photo by Terry Ife ref shv 5044-50-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Rosemary and David Zirker with Gill Savage showing one of the raffle prizes at the christmas tree festival in Newton Poppleford pavilion to help raise funds for next years Queens jubilee celebrations. Photo by Terry Ife ref shv 5044-50-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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A CHRISTMAS tree festival in Newton Poppleford’s pavilion at the weekend boosted the village’s hopes of celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by £452.

The event attracted around 120 people on Saturday and Sunday and boasted a total of 23 entries from local businesses and organisations.

A fundraising and organising committee hopes to raise £5,000 to so Newton Pop can mark the jubilee next year with four days of celebrations, a marquee and various events.

Committee member David Zirker said of the tree festival: “It’s a brilliant event and a shame more people didn’t come.”

An eye-catching tree made by Woodley’s Joinery apprentice, Ed Downs, was so popular it was raffled off and raised £95.

An additional £52 was raised for Devon Air Ambulance from a memory tree.


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