VIDEO: Nativity characters clued up for treasure hunt

VISITORS to Shoreham Farmers’ Market were greeted by a host of angels, shepherds, wise men and other characters from the Nativity story.

The characters were all members of Shoreham Baptist Church, who donned costumes and gave out forms in East Street for a Christmas treasure hunt on Saturday.

Grace Briggs, nine, Ann Stainsby and Toma Milksaite, nine, with the donkey D14501184a

Grace Briggs, nine, Ann Stainsby and Toma Milksaite, nine, with the donkey D14501184a

Families taking part had to read the Nativity story and give passwords from it to the characters, who then stamped the forms.

Once completed, the forms were taken back to the church, in Western Road, to hand them in, meet Mary and Joseph with the baby and crib, get free chocolate ‘treasure’ and other refreshments, and take part in some craft activities to make cards and decorations.

Nick Hough, from the church, said: “The treasure hunt is becoming a regular event at the Christmas market, and it was enhanced once again this year by the addition of a live donkey, kindly loaned by friendly local farmer David Cross from Mile Oak Farm.

“The animal was hugely popular with the children and provided a great photo opportunity.

Joseph Wells, nine, as Joseph and sister Esther, ten, as Mary D14501227a

Joseph Wells, nine, as Joseph and sister Esther, ten, as Mary D14501227a

“More than 100 forms were handed in, and a total of around 400 people took part in the treasure hunt, which was also blessed with crisp, sunny weather.”

The overall winner, picked from a hat, was given a £25 voucher for Toast by the Coast.

The event was followed up on Sunday afternoon with a family Donkey Tales service with carols, crib, craft and cake.

The church’s annual carol service will be on Sunday at 6.30pm.