As part of this year's Christmas Tree Festival at St Laurence's Church a tree will be dedicated to Edna Powell, in tribute to a woman who spent a lifetime in service to Stroud.

Edna was known by hundreds as the owner of Cotswold Sewing and Knitting Machines - she was an inspiration and role-model to many. She passed away in July aged 75.

Rachel Pegler, an artist from Stroud, wanted to dedicate the Stroud Country Show tree to Edna, who served as the long-time chairman of Stroud Country Show.

“Those of you who knew her will know that this is the tree Edna decorated each year,” she said.

“I will miss her this Christmas as it was our annual meet up, but her legacy will live on.”

“She was a truly amazing person,” added Rachel.

In her life, Edna worked with Stroud Agricultural Society, Stroud in Bloom, Christmas trees in Church, Gloucester Rabbit Club and a host of other organisations.

Stroud MP, David Drew said: “Edna was a genuine pillar of the community who was always cheerful and a good friend to so many people.”

To prepare Edna’s tree, Rachel wants to gather as many memories as possible from her lifetime.

“If anyone has any memories of Edna or lovely photographs please let me know so I may add them to the tree,” was her message.

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The Christmas Tree Festival will be opened by BBC Gloucestershire's Kate Clark on Sunday, December 2, at 4pm.