A SPECTACULAR Christmas tree festival will start in Devizes on December 8 when MP Claire Perry judges the entries.

Fundraising group Omnes Ad Unum has organised the event at St John's Church and Ms Perry will arrive at 2pm to pick the winners of the best decorated trees.

Schools, groups, charities and businesses have become involved in the festival which will see trees both inside and outside the church.

Money raised will go to a number of charities and good causes including Wiltshire Young Carers, Canons House, Devizes and District Opportunity Centre, Caen Hill Countryside Centre, Julia’s House and St John's Church.

Organiser Marjie Pook said: "Please come and share in the afternoon and enjoy a cuppa.

"New this year is a celebration night on 14 from 7pmin the church when we shall have lots of Christmas music and readings and a miscellany of fun.

"This is open to all to celebrate the trees. Free entry, but we will have a raffle, and mulled wine and a mince pie for a donation. Please come and have a fun evening amongst the magical atmosphere of the trees."

It is still possible to get involved with decorating a tree and there will also be special trees in tribute to the fallen from World War One. Tree sponsors are still needed.

The group has also thanked people who supported its Michaelmas fair which raised £3,000 before expenses were deducted.

Mrs Pook said: It was great to have church stalls, and to be central in the town."

A concert to raise money for the Caen Hill Countryside Centre will be held at St John's on December 21. Acclaimed opera singer Carly Paoli will perform at 7pm.

She will be raising money for the centre but also making a donation to Omnes Ad Unum. Tickets are for sale at £20 each from Devizes Books.