Sweet church Christmas festival pulls in the crowds

Whaley Bridge Gingerbread Festival, Pat Williams with her edible nativity scene
Whaley Bridge Gingerbread Festival, Pat Williams with her edible nativity scene
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Sugar and spice and all things nice were the order of the day at a gingerbread festival in Whaley Bridge last weekend.

The gingerbread festival took place at the Uniting Church on Saturday.

Whaley Bridge Gingerbread Festival, the winning entry by Kathryn and Emma Bramwell

Whaley Bridge Gingerbread Festival, the winning entry by Kathryn and Emma Bramwell

People were able to enjoy workshops, decorate gingerbread men, a story maze, interactive activities and stories around the tree.

There were also stalls which sold crafts and shabby chic.

A competition saw people getting into the fairytale spirit by making edible gingerbread houses and nativity scenes.

The competition included a £50 prize for the most creative homemade gingerbread house, with entries judged on the Friday evening.

Whaley Bridge Gingerbread Festival, Uniting Church minister Keith Sandew and Chris Mellor admire the competition entries

Whaley Bridge Gingerbread Festival, Uniting Church minister Keith Sandew and Chris Mellor admire the competition entries

These where displayed at the church where people were able to pop along and view them during the course of the day for a nominal fee.

Organiser Karen Cridland said: “The festival was the idea of Minister Keith Sandow, who only joined last year.”

Five gingerbread house-making workshops also took place where participants were able to make a gingerbread house under the tutelage of two local experts.

All ingredients and lunch were provided and people taking part got to take their edible creations home.

Whaley Bridge Gingerbread Festival, some of the spectacular entries

Whaley Bridge Gingerbread Festival, some of the spectacular entries

Visitors were also able to enjoy light snacks and lunches.