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Gingerbread house-making a tasty treat

IT was a competition with a tasty twist in the lead up to Christmas last year when the Lindisfarne Anglican Church held its inaugural Gingerbread House-Making event.

Nearly 100 people from the local community gathered in the church hall to construct 39 gingerbread houses, even though most of the confectionary creations didn’t leave the event in one piece.

Lindisfarne Anglican Church Minister Reverend Chris Bowditch said they wanted to do something that would help the community celebrate and share in the joy of Christmas.

“The event was organised by a small team from the church and we are so thankful for all our members who give freely of their time to help us be a blessing to the locals,” he said.

“The response to the event was fantastic and everyone did a stellar job, even those whose houses were reduced to rubble.

“It was a sold-out event, so next year we’re planning to host multiple events – it’s going to turn into a great Christmas tradition for the community.”

While not all the gingerbread houses managed to remain upright, there were a few competitors who earned the title of “master builder.”

“It was wonderful to be able to come along and spend some time with my family building a gingerbread house,” event participants Anne Carey said.

“We left the event with one gingerbread house successfully built and one on the verge of falling over.

“But, standing or collapsed, at least it tasted good.”

The Gingerbread House-Making event was just one of many events the church ran, or helped to run, for the local community as part of Lindisfarne’s Christmas celebrations.

“Christmas is such a joy filled time of the year for us and we love being able to share that joy far and wide during this festive time,” Rev Bowditch said.

Caption: Clockwise from left, Lindisfarne Anglican Church Minister Reverend Chris Bowditch with Gingerbread House-Making event participants Elisa Bowditch, Amity Bowditch and Ingrid Carey.