ADDINGHAM Methodist Church’s annual Christmas Cracker event returns this year on Saturday, December  9. 

As in previous years there will be a collection of goods for the Salvation Army, which has  been very grateful for Addingham’s generous contributions in previous years.

It is asking for biscuits, tinned ham, cake bars, Christmas puddings, packets of dried stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, selection boxes and toiletries. Lots to choose from to help the Salvation Army make a difference for people who are homeless or suffering this Christmas.

There will be stalls selling bric-a-brac, cakes and home-made produce, jigsaws (handy in case you missed the festival at Christchurch), a raffle and the ever very popular chocolate tombola. And if you haven’t made yours yet you can win a delicious Christmas cake, made by a former professional caterer, by guessing its weight!

Enjoy seasonal refreshments in the warm and congenial hall while chatting with friends old and new. Prayer stars will be available for people who wish to write a prayer concern. Prayers of worry or of thankfulness can be anonymous. All stars will be hung on the Christmas tree and offered to God during our Sunday worship.

Minister Rev. Shannon DeLaureal said: ‘We welcome this opportunity to help two very deserving charities: Martin House Children’s Hospice which provides care to children and young people with life-limiting illnesses and Embrace the Middle East, the Christian development charity tackling poverty and injustice in the Middle East, including Gaza, where there is such a need for help at the moment.

The Christmas Cracker event is on between 10am and 11.30am at the church hall.