HOMELESSNESS charity Emmaus Mossley is gearing up for a busy December with a Christmas bazaar pop-up shop at the Weavers Factory in Uppermill and a visit by Terry Waite CBE.
Mr Waite, 80, is a former envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury and spent five years as a hostage in Lebanon after being captured by Hezbollah in 1987.
The Weavers Factory event takes place on December 7 and 8 (10am-4pm) and forms part of the art space’s Baublicious Christmas exhibition with paintings, sculptures and ceramics from eight exciting new artists.
Manager Nigel Durkan said: “We are delighted to welcome Emmaus Mossley back to the Weavers Factory for another great pop-up shop.
“Christmas has always been a time for giving so what better opportunity to give back to society by purchasing your presents from this brilliant charity.”
On the following weekend, Mr Waite, president of Emmaus UK, will visit Mossley to take part in the Emmaus Christmas concert fundraiser at St George’s Church.
The special charity evening, taking place on Friday, December 13 and will also include Mossley Hollins High School brass band and Christmas carols sung by local school children.
The Reverend David Warner from St George’s, said: “We are delighted to be holding our third festival and hope this one will be better than ever, drawing more people in to see the trees, and to learn about our work and that of Emmaus, our partner charity this year.
“We cannot wait to welcome Terry and all Emmaus supporters, as well as members of our local community.”
Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting.
The charity runs a social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods, clothes and vintage wares.
The Emmaus Christmas concert will be the official launch of the St George’s Church Christmas Tree Festival, taking place between December 13 and 15.
The festival has a series of events including a concert by St John’s Band on Saturday, December 14, and is centred around the main showcase of a variety of Christmas trees sponsored and decorated by local community groups and businesses including – for a third year – by the Mossley Correspondent.
Tickets for the concert are priced at £5 and all proceeds will be shared between the church and Emmaus Mossley.
To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head online www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley
If you would like to get involved or donate an item, call 01457 838608 or visit the store.