The Alternative Christmas Fair


While sadly we are unable to hold a Christmas Fair this year, there are a number of alternatives being organised and we hope you’ll be able to join in. All proceeds raised will be shared between Fresh Start and the Kirk.

THE CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL is being held in the Kirk from 6 – 13 December.

The Kirk will be open at the following times : Sunday services at 10 am and 11.15 am.Places for the Sunday services can be booked by phoning the Kirk Office between 9 am and 12 noon, Monday to Friday, on 336 2036 or e-mailing: indicate which service you wish to attend along with your name and contact telephone number. If you have booked a place and find that you are unable to attend, please let Louise in the Kirk Office know as there is a waiting list of people who would gladly take your place.

During the weekday visits there will be short periods of reflection on the story and meaning of Christmas. Visitors will be invited to take a seat at these times or to continue their journey around the trees as they wish. To book your visit on one of the following days, please contact Catherine Crawford on 07951 084220 or at Time slots will be allocated and are available as follows : Tuesday 8 December, 7 pm - 8 pm, Thursday 10 December, 7 pm - 8 pm, Friday 11 December, 2 pm - 5 pm, Saturday 12 December, 2 pm - 4 pm.

Cramond Kirk’s own Christmas tree will be a Memory Tree. You are invited to write the name of a loved one on a card ready for hanging on the tree. You are welcome to bring your own card. Blank cards are available in the Kirk as is a clearly marked box for completed cards. The cards will then be added to the tree. Cards can also be popped through the Manse letterbox at 16 Cramond Glebe Road, Edinburgh, EH4 6NS.

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS Many thanks to all those who are busy putting together hampers and there’s still plenty of time to contribute. Please contact Gena Wylie on 312 8907 or e-mail if you are able to donate a hamper. To enter the draw for a hamper, arrangements are slightly different this year. For a minimum donation of £5 you will receive 2 chances to win a hamper as well as a copy of the Christmas quiz. Donations can be made by popping £5 into an envelope with your name and contact details as well as “Hamper Draw” on the outside and these can be handed in to the Kirk Office, popped through the Manse letterbox or left in the “donations” tubs in the Kirk on a Sunday morning. You’ll also find a “Hamper” donate button on the home page of the Kirk website at This allows you to pay your donation direct into the Kirk account and you will be automatically entered into the draw and will receive a quiz.

THE CHRISTMAS QUIZ If you’d like to give your brain a little Christmas exercise, we can recommend the Christmas quiz. The quiz is available on a Sunday morning at the Kirk doors or by e-mailing the Kirk Office at or Gill Massie at Completed entries can be scanned and e-mailed to Gill or the Kirk Office, popped into the donations’ tub in Cramond Kirk or popped through the Manse letterbox at 16 Cramond Glebe Road, EH4 6NS by 11 am on Wednesday, 16 December. 

CHOCOLATE WREATH DRAW For the chance to win an amazing chocolate wreath, please put a £1 coin into an envelope with your contact details and label the envelope ‘Chocolate Wreath’. Put your envelope(s) into one of the donations’ buckets in the Kirk. Enter as many times as you want but each entry must be in a separate envelope. 

FIT FOR THE FAIR Banish those winter blues, lift your mood, stretch your body, relax and breathe .... At the end of this month, Jane Robson is running on-line 45-minute Pilates taster sessions for all levels of expertise, in return for a £10 donation to the Christmas Fair funds. There will be dedicated classes for complete beginners, as well as for more experienced practitioners, and a chair-based class for anyone who has difficulty getting up and down from the floor.  Pilates is suitable for both men and women of all ages, and no special equipment or clothing is required.  However, people will need a laptop, desktop computer, tablet or smartphone to access the classes via Zoom. “Fit for the Fair” classes will be held on Saturday 28 November and from Monday 30 November – Wednesday, 2 December. Maximum 12 people per class, on a ‘first come’ basis. For further information on class levels and times, and to book a class, please contact Jane at