Villagers have defeated Historic England following a row about honouring their war dead, as a Church judge ruled they can use a wreath holder to display poppies all year round.
Residents in Tutbury, Staffordshire, put forward a proposal to buy two holders so they could display poppies and other wreaths at the Grade I-listed St Mary's Church.
The plan, which was put forward by local vicar, the Rev Ian Whitehead, church warden Jocelyn Hickman, and the chairman of the local war memorial's preservation committee, won the support of the Parochial Church Council.
But it ran into opposition from conservation group Historic England and the local parish council, who raised concerns the displays may be too prominent in the curtilage of the church and may not be in keeping with the listed building.
I am satisfied that it is appropriate for the wreaths to remain in the vicinity of the memorial for an extended period
Chancellor of the Diocese, Stephen Eyre QC
Historic England also argued the design may be "overly functional in appearance and of insufficient artistic merit" unless it was a commemorative piece of art, the judgement revealed.
The council added that it was unnecessary or inappropriate for the wreaths to remain in place for so long.
Now, the Chancellor of the Diocese, Stephen Eyre QC, in his role as a judge of the Church of England's Consistory Court, has over-ridden the objections and ruled that such a long term tribute to the ward heroes is appropriate.
Granting permission for the scheme he dismissed the parish council's suggestion that the wreaths did not need to remain in place for so long and said: "I am satisfied that it is appropriate for the wreaths to remain in the vicinity of the memorial for an extended period."
He continued: "This means that the introduction of wreath holders is a proper measure in the process of improving and restoring the memorial."
Turning to the design of the wreath holders he said he was satisfied that what had been proposed was "of an appropriate quality".
"The wreath holders may very well not be of the high artistic quality which would result from commissioning a top flight designer and saying to such a designer that money is no object," he said.
"They are nonetheless of an appropriate standard. The appearance of the churchyard and in particular of the area around the memorial will be improved by the introduction of the wreath holders because the wreaths will be kept in an orderly manner.
"It may not be as great an improvement as Historic England might have wished but it is an improvement nonetheless and as such is to be welcomed."
A spokesman for Tutbury Parish Council said the dispute is with the Tutbury War Memorial Preservation Committee.
She added: "Tutbury Parish Council are concerned of how these wreath holders will deteriorate and interfere with the view of the church. Furthermore, we are concerned about what change in behaviour this structure may cause.
"It is the Parish Council who has a responsibility to ensure that the closed churchyard remains safe for all to use and would not want young people congregating or climbing on this structure."
Historic England has been contacted for comment.