Once again this year we were blessed with beautiful weather
for our Festive Fayre/Fair. The day before helpers worked from midday until
quite late in the evening setting up their stalls with limited access to all of
the area, but by the next morning all was in place and we were ready to welcome
all-comers. All the usual stalls were there with beautifully crafted cakes,
jewellery, bric à brac, produce and conserves. The clothes required extra
hanging rails to display things to their best advantage. In the foyer and in
the Portland Centre raffle tickets were being sold and inside the hall where
the excellent prizes were displayed, more sellers were working. The produce
stall was fortunate to have items kindly donated by the congregation and
flowers from Jim French and vegetables from Geoffrey Philpot, both stalwart
supporters of our big events.
A new display of Kitchen and Home items and Mystery Parcels
were introduced, both of which proved very successful as were the two cafes
which catered steadily throughout the day. Behind the scenes and in the
‘Counting House’ the finance team patiently counted out and reckoned up often
being interrupted in their work!
In the Portland hall, the superb display of books and DVDs
could be found with the children’s toys and games and the Craft stall with
beautiful hand knits of all kinds. The choir members stepped in to run the
Portland café beside their fine homemade biscuits. This was a very popular
meeting place enjoyed by all.
Obviously, our aim is to raise funds for the Church and its
buildings, but the equally important factor is to meet the local community and
provide a positive experience for all.
The result was we raised £3,000 - so all in all a great
all-round! Thank you to everyone who helped and supported the event.
, please see below for some of the pictures from the Fayre