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Houghton-le-Spring at Christmas Time

Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Christmas Gifts

Houghton-le-Spring in Old Photographs Book
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Houghton Heritage Christmas Puddings
available in 3 flavours: Plum Pudding, Triple Chocolate & Wild Strawberry with Clotted Cream

Houghton-le-Spring 2013 Calendar
The new 2013 calendar, available to download

 

Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Christmas Cards - print your own!

Houghton-le-Spring Christmas Cards
print your own Christmas cards with views of Houghton in the snow!

 

Snowy fun in Houghton-le-Spring

Rectory Park in the Snow
vintage snowy views of Houghton's Park

 

Christmas events in Houghton-le-Spring - December 2010

Church Services & Events
for Houghton Parish Church, St Michael's RC, Newbottle Church, St Andrew's et al

 

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December 2010 November 28 Sun First Sunday of Advent 10.00 am Parish Eucharist & Young Church 3.00 pm 'Messy Church' (Kepier) 6.00 pm Advent Carols by Candlelight 29 Mon 12.30 pm ‘Drop in’ afternoon for new residents (Kepier) 2.00 pm Mothers' Union Deanery Festival (St Michael & All Angels) 6.00 pm ‘Vestry Hour’ for Baptism and Marriage inquiries 7.15 pm Rehearsal for Baptism Families 30 Tues 7.00 pm Eucharist December 1 Wed 6.00 pm Advent Evening Prayer 7.30pm Ladies Fellowship (Kepier) 2 Thur Thanksgiving for Andrew, Apostle, Patron of Scotland 10.00 am Eucharist 1.00 pm HOPE Fellowship (Methodist Church) 4 Sat 2.00 pm CARE Group (Kepier) 5 Sun Second Sunday of Advent 8.30 am Eucharist 10.00 am Family Eucharist with Welcome of Baptism families and Baptism of Benjamin Darby 6.00 pm ENGAGE WITH HOPE! 6 Mon 12.30 pm ‘Drop in’ afternoon for new residents (Kepier) 6.00 pm ‘Vestry Hour’ for Baptism and Marriage inquiries 8.30 pm 'Last Orders' for Men (Houghton Rugby Club) 7 Tues 7.00 pm Eucharist 8 Wed 6.00 pm Advent Evening Prayer 7.00 pm 'Last Orders' for Men Christmas Meal (Seaton Lane Inn) 7.30 pm Ladies Fellowship (Kepier) 9 Thur The conception of virgin Mary 10.00 am Eucharist 1.00 pm HOPE Fellowship (Methodist Church) 11 Sat 2.00 pm CARE Group (Kepier) 7.00 pm Houghton Brass Band Concert 12 Sun Third Sunday of Advent 8.30 am Eucharist 10.00am Parish Eucharist & Young Church 12 Noon Baptisms of Lee-Matthew Hoggin & Blake Morris 1.00 pm Baptisms of Maisie Purdham & Evie Barker 6.00 pm Choral Evensong 13 Mon 12.30 pm ‘Drop in’ afternoon for new residents (Kepier) 2.00 pm Mother's Union Carol Service 6.00 pm ‘Vestry Hour’ for Baptism and Marriage inquiries 6.30 pm Uniformed Organisations Carol Service 7.30 pm Christmas 'Time Out' for Women (The Mill Inn) 14 Tues 7.00 pm Eucharist 7.30 pm PCC Meeting Room 15 Wed 6.00 pm Advent Evening Prayer 7.00 pm 'Light of Life' Service 7.30 pm Ladies Fellowship (Kepier) 16 Thur Thanksgiving for John of the Cross, Poet, Teacher of the Faith 10.00 am Eucharist 1.00 pm HOPE Fellowship (Methodist church) 18 Sat 2.00 pm CARE Group (Community Centre) 19 Sun Fourth Sunday of Advent 8.30 am Eucharist 10.00 am Parish Eucharist & Young Church 3.00 pm Christingle 6.00 pm Service of Light 20 Mon 12.30 pm ‘Drop in’ afternoon for new residents (Kepier) 6.00 pm ‘Vestry Hour’ for Baptism and Marriage inquiries 21 Tues 7.00 pm Eucharist 23 Wed 6.00 pm Advent Evening Prayer 23 Thur Feria 10.00 am Eucharist 1.00 pm HOPE Fellowship (Methodist church) 24 Fri Christmas Evev 3.30 pm Crib Service 7.00 pm Carol Service 11.30 pm Midnight mass 25 Sat Christmas Day 8.30 am Eucharist 10.00 am Festive Eucharist 26 Sun First Sunday of Christmas 10.00 am Parish Eucharist & Young Church 23 Thur The Naming & Circumcision of Jesus 10.00 am Eucharist 31 Sat 7.30 pm New Year's Eve Party (Kepier) Tickets only see here for details.

Mediterranean donkey gets festive in Houghton-le-Spring Mediterranean donkeys come from Islands of Sicily and Sardinia A donkey that was rescued from a travelling circus in France takes on a friendly Christmas role in Houghton-le-Spring. Silver was a bit of a lone ranger and used to carry monkeys around the circus ring on her back when she was 10 years old. However, seven years ago the Mediterranean donkey was brought to the north-east of England, adopted by a farm, given a new life and taken care of. This winter Silver will be part of the nativity scene created at the Farm's barn for visitors to have a look at and even give her a gentle stroke. Excited Donkeys play an important part in the classic nativity story. Silver will be helping to recreate some of these scenarios as Down At The Farm turns festive for Christmas. The farm's owner, Catherine Weightman, says: "Whilst children are always so excited to see Santa and tell him their Christmas wishes, we feel it important to convey the traditional Christmas story. Silver plays an important part when it comes to doing this. "Children entering our Christmas wonderland are so thrilled when they see real live animals in the nativity scene, particularly if they have been practising for their school nativity play! "Getting the opportunity to stroke and hug a real donkey is one that creates much pleasure, both for the children and the parents bringing them to our festive barn".