Around the world at Chistmas, in Balscote

Diane Marcovitch puts the finishing touches to a Hanukkah candle.NNL-151222-121527001
Diane Marcovitch puts the finishing touches to a Hanukkah candle.NNL-151222-121527001

Winter festivals around the world made a colourful and seasonal display in the village hall and church at Balscote.

The event included tableaux of the Nativity, Diwali, Hanukkah and Norwegian Yuletide which was presented by villager Christine Wells who created a log cabin and displayed a traditional saffron cake.

A collection of Russian dolls on display. NNL-151222-123824001

A collection of Russian dolls on display. NNL-151222-123824001

A 35-feet long dragon represented the Chinese New Year, suspended from beams and made by residents out of papier mache.

The Cornish Mousehole cat was featured and visitors approached the hall through a frosty solstice tunnel.

Hansel and Gretel’s gingerbread house provided a German aspect and inside, youngsters enjoyed a chocolate tombola.

Italy was represented by Banbury’s Beacon Centre for the homeless, depicting St Martin, a Roman soldier who helped a beggar.

India was also represented at the event in Balscote. NNL-151222-123336001

India was also represented at the event in Balscote. NNL-151222-123336001

The seasonal celebrations of Sweden were marked with dough cake and food and drink tasters with children dressed up as St Lucia with wreaths of light on their heads. Russia’s Baboushka made another fascinating exhibit, among many.

Organiser Pat Jesson said the event, with its craft stalls and food, had raised £2,250 for urgent church repairs.

A Chinese dragon was also created for the event. NNL-151222-122720001

A Chinese dragon was also created for the event. NNL-151222-122720001

A delicious Norwegian cake was also made and put on display.  NNL-151222-124950001

A delicious Norwegian cake was also made and put on display. NNL-151222-124950001