It was a cold and blustery morning, luckily without the forecasted rain, when we gathered in Trawden to choose and cut our “Lights of Love” Christmas tree generously donated, for the second year running, by Bernard Ross.
It was interesting and fun talking with Bernard about how the trees he planted as saplings have grown over the years and such a joy making the acquaintance of his beautiful collie called Fly. Soleful eyes with a gentle character stared back at me when we were introduced before she realised that I was a friend and her tail began wagging happily, always keeping a devoted eye to Bernard. One day I would love to watch him work with this little dog, I listened only to good comments and praise from Bernard about her abilities. One Man and His faithful Dog Fly.
Not long to wait before John Whiteside the local tree surgeon arrived and once the tree had been selected it was expertly felled and trimmed to fit into the lorry of Lanlee of Colne who transported it to the grounds at Christ Church. Teamwork by volunteers placed it into the alloted position where it is now proudly standing awaiting to be dressed. Our grateful thanks to all these local businesses who came together today to make this possible.
May we all gather around the tree on Friday the 1st December in fellowship and partake of a glass of mulled wine to compensate for the cold hands and feet of today in celebration of the season.