Belhelvie gingerbread village comes to life

Belhelvie residents with the gingerbread village
Belhelvie residents with the gingerbread village

A festive gingerbread village was built at Belhelvie Church Hall on Saturday (December 10).

Rev Paul McKeown was inspired to try the idea after seeing similar events in Bergen and Germany.

Speaking to the Times Rev McKeown said: “We had mini versions of Belhelvie Church, the local Beachside Café, and three train sets with a fictional ‘Belhelvie Station’ and gingerbread passengers.

“Some were from scratch, some made with kits, but they all looked great when they were decorated and lit up.

“There was a great atmosphere at the event, and at a time of the year when we remember God’s light coming into the world it was great to lighten up the winter darkness in such a homely way with food, fun, company and caroling.”

He added: “Most of the village stayed up until Sunday afternoon but almost all the houses have returned to their creators now.

Some of the gingerbread houses

Some of the gingerbread houses

“Whether they’re eaten or kindly disposed of is now down to the individuals concerned!

“We are really grateful for the response and the team of helpers (‘the gingerheids’) who made it all possible.”