There’s nothing quite like a whole village event, especially when it involves a Christmas tree, a brass band, and Santa!

It may have been a cold, slightly damp evening in December, but that didn’t matter at all to the crowds gathered outside St. James’ church, Stalmine.  They had come to watch the village Christmas tree lights being switched on by Daisy, the overall winner of the Christmas card competition held by the local Primary School.

Over Wyre Brass Band provided rousing accompaniment to the carol singing, and Sara, with the help of some youngsters, led the re-telling of the nativity story before all eyes turned towards the tree.  5…4…3…2…1…and the twinkling lights illuminated the noble fir in all its spectacular glory.

St. James’ church family loves to share food, and this evening was no exception.  Once the events outside had finished, visitors were invited in for mulled wine,  hot food and the opportunity to sit and enjoy their supper whilst the children engaged in crafting activities and paid Santa a visit in his fabulous grotto!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,

How lovely are thy branches.


…Let us all remember in our gift giving and merriment

With our family and friends and loved ones

The real and true meaning of Christmas.


The birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.