Will Diamond Jubilee grant be used for Chirstmas tree?

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VILLAGE leaders plan to spend a £1,000 grant for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on a new Christmas tree.

Dacorum Borough Council is giving a grand to parish council leaders in each of its 14 villages, while Berkhamsted and Tring Town Councils will each get £3,000.

It is set aside for spending on celebrations during the two day bank holiday from Monday, June 4, to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne.

Northchurch Parish Council’s plan is to put part of the cash into a Christmas tree in her name.

Last year, it gave the £650 it would usually spend on the tree, which goes outside its High Street office, to the village’s The Hospice of St Francis.

Chairman Alan Fantham said: “We want to plant our own fir tree this time, in the Queen’s name.”

The rest of the cash could be given to the village’s St Mary’s C of E First School in New Road, he said.