CHURCHES, schools and other community groups in the Calder Valley have laid on a variety of treats as we go deeper into the festive season.
At Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge, there was a three-day Christmas Tree Festival opened by the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Nader Fekri. There was Christmas carol singing by Stubbings Infant School pupils and The Young at Heart Choir from Mytholm and local businesses, organisations and individually decorated Christmas trees.
The winner in the children’s section was Hebden Royd C of E School and the winner in the adult section was Dodnaze Community Centre. The event raised £547, which will be split between Calder Valley Search and Rescue and Hope Baptist Church.
At Cornholme School, two events were laid on in one day with a Christmas Fair in the morning and a Christmas concert in the afternoon, both well-attended in the school hall.
The Christmas Fair includesd three tombolas - one each for chocolates, bottles and general - and children were able to visit Santa in his grotto. Face-painting, cake and toy stalls and a number of commercial stalls selling goods ranging from jewellery to cosmetics, lent variety to the day, with money raised going to school funds.
In the afternoon the choir sang carols and after an interval more Christmas music was played by members of Todmorden Community Brass Band, the choir and school musicians linking up with them for some of the material.
Local producers and craft makers got the chance to display their wares at a Christmas crafts fair at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. On offer were Christmas gift ideas and tasty treats.
Burnley Road Academy also held a Christmas fair, which was opened by pupil and competition winner Joseph Healey, 11, and Calder Ward Coun Christine Bampton-Smith. The event, organised by the school’s PTA, saw hundreds turn out to enjoy stalls, activities, refreshments, a secrets room and Santa’s Grotto. Local businesses got involved in the build up to the event donating vouchers and prizes for a Christmas raffle and the children held a non-uniform day in exchange for chocolate donations, which were sold on a chocolate tombola stall.
Among the 12 days of Todmas - a dozen days of celebration held in conjunction with communuity groups and local businesses - a Christmas Craft Fair was held at the Masonic Hall in White Hart Fold, Todmorden, providing a chance
to stock up on unusual Christmas gifts made by local craftspeople.