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AN HISTORIC Buxton church has a packed calendar activities for all the family to enjoy this festive season.

Christ Church, Burbage, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, has a busy festive calendar, which begins with a Christmas Fair this Saturday, December 3, at Burbage Institute. Running from 10am to 3pm, the fair will include bric-a-brac, gifts, books, a raffle, cakes, crafts and more. Homemade soup and rolls will be available from 12pm to 1pm for £2.50. Admission to the fair is £1, children free, which includes coffee and mince pies.

On Tuesday, December 8, a carols and Christmas auction is taking place at the Duke of York, from 7.30pm with all proceeds going to the church roof restoration fund. The Christmas Tree Festival in Church runs from December 15 to 23 and the church is open Monday to Friday, 10am-noon and 2pm to 4pm and Saturday 11am-4pm. It will also be open from 11am-3pm on December 31. All are welcome. During the Christmas Tree Festival, Christ Church are collecting food and presents for the needy in Buxton. There will be a box for the food to be gathered and a Christmas tree where presents can be left. Presents should be brand new or unused, wrapped and tagged with gender and age group of the child for which they are appropriate.

Food should not expire before December 27 and items that require refrigeration should not be donated as there is no way of keeping them fresh. The appeal is being run in conjunction with Night Stop and Surestart.

Burbage Band are performing a concert on December 22 at 7pm and Burbage Pre-school will provide the entertainment on December 16 at 2pm. Later that evening, between 6pm and 8pm, handbell ringers will also perform.

A carol service will take place on December 18 at 9.30am when all are welcome and on December 21, singing group Bright Cecelia will provide the entertainment, with tickets costing £6 including festive refreshments.

The Christmas Eve crib service takes place at 5pm with midnight mass at 11.15pm. The Christmas Day Communion starts at 10am.

And to round off the year, and the celebrations of the church’s 150th year, a New Year’s Eve walk round Cavendish Golf Club will take place on December 31, starting at Burbage Institute at 10.30am with coffee and mince pies, returning after the walk for bacon and egg baps and mulled wine.

The church, which is currently fundraising for urgent repairs to the roof and for dry rot, would like to thank everyone for their support this year.