Into this year’s last march

This year’s succesful Jam Jar Army campaign for the Playhouse Youth Theatre is coming to an end but there’s still fund-raising to be done.

In October, the Army made it to the initial £10,000 target but there’s still a month left to get your jars in to boost it further.

Raffles and programme sales at the recent performances by the Youth Theatre’s junior and middle groups, the latter of which brought in £235 this week, have helped take the total higher.

Along with £171.34 from jars, that means there is now £11,825.59 in the overall jam jar.

And the senior group has its turn next week, with 1912 – The Untold Story, which offers another opportunity to bring in cash to support the more than 100 youngsters involved in the Youth Theatre.

This weekend sees a Christmas craft fair take place at the Tankerville Hotel in Wooler.

At the event on Saturday, which starts at 2.30pm, there will be mulled wine, mince pies, craft stalls and Peter Brown will be there with some singers from the Youth Theatre senior group.

Entry is £5 for adults and free for children with all proceeds going to the Jam Jar Army.

And with a month left to go until the end of the year, we need any individuals, families and businesses that have been collecting coins in jars to return them to the Gazette office or the Playhouse.

Next year, we will be launching a new campaign to raise funds for a different beneficiary and will again be putting it to the vote.

In 2011, more than £13,000 was raised for HospiceCare North Northumberland.

l For a preview of the senior Youth Theatre group’s performance of 1912 – The Untold Story, see Page 37.