Thurston’s Christmas Trees branch out with stars and spangled spanners

Thurston Christmas Tree Festival ANL-151213-183858009
Thurston Christmas Tree Festival ANL-151213-183858009
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Shiny balls and tinsel were the least imaginative decorations to be seen at the Thurston Christmas Tree festival at the weekend.

Instead you had everything from baubles hand made by children to spangly spanners and even a builder’s hard hat instead of a fairy at the top of the tree.

Thurston Community College students' construction themed tree  ANL-151213-183640009

Thurston Community College students' construction themed tree ANL-151213-183640009

In fact, not all the trees in St Peter’s Church and Thurston Community Library were fir trees, with the Orchard Room restaurant at Harvey’s Garden plants aptly dressing a pear tree, complete with partidge.

Thurston Community College’s Young Carers Group worked with the staff from G H Bullard & Associates and R&D Construction to place a ‘joint venture’ construction-themed Christmas Tree in the library.

It had an R&D hard hat on top, painted pipe clamps and, instead of ribbons, the tree decorations included the safety tapes builders use to warn of overhead cables or hidden pipes. The ‘presents’ round the tree were really bricka and blocks tied with the tapes.

The college’s students also read Christmas stories to under eights and took part in a bake-off at the library.

Thurston Christmas Tree Festival ''Pictured: Eleanor Fawcett (10), Isabelle Fawcett (7) and Jack Lee (3) doing some christmas colouring in the library ANL-151213-183550009

Thurston Christmas Tree Festival ''Pictured: Eleanor Fawcett (10), Isabelle Fawcett (7) and Jack Lee (3) doing some christmas colouring in the library ANL-151213-183550009

Thurston primary School’s classes created their own little artworks, including stars and birds, to hang from their trees and community groups and businesess joined in with themes that echoed their work, hence the glitter-covered spanners.

Reggie Powling (5) and Finley Jamison (5) from Thurston Primary with their class tree ANL-151213-183705009

Reggie Powling (5) and Finley Jamison (5) from Thurston Primary with their class tree ANL-151213-183705009

Spot the partidge in the Orchard Room's pear tree  ANL-151213-183716009

Spot the partidge in the Orchard Room's pear tree ANL-151213-183716009