Saturday 7th December 2013 was our Annual Christmas Bazaar for the Parish - held in the Primary School.
We opened at noon offering lunch and Christmas Music with a Grand Entrance from Santa himself, ringing his bell and greeting the little ones (and bigger ones too!) before settling down in his spectacular grotto!
The cake stall run by the Catholic Womens' League, refreshments run by the Unit Leaders and Irish Coffees run by an elf named Petra, kept us all fed well and the games on offer, such as the two Tombola's run by the Toddler Group and the Guides, the Spinner and Key of the Door run by the Scouts kept everyone happy!
For the first time, we offered tables to 5 outside companies for Christmas Shopping, Gillie D's Traditional Country Crafts, Forever Living Aloe Vera Products, Flutterby Designs - unique jewellery, The Curious Cake Company -nappy and towel cake gifts and 'Made in the Temple' hand crafted Beanbag dolls.
We also had 3 charity stalls with crafts, gifts and homemade wreaths to buy - raising money for HCPT, Bone Marrow charity and for the 2 teenagers in the Parish who are off on the 'World Challenge Programme' to Peru next year. Also, for the first time Jean from CWL offered relaxing hand or foot massages for a moments tranquility in the hubbub of the day!
Other stalls included the Teddy Name Game run by the Brownie Leaders, sweets and decorations to by run by Jane, one of our Parishioners, the 'Piety Stall' selling Christmas cards, Advent Calendars and Religious gifts, the Bottle Stall run by the PTFA, Andrew and son's 2nd Hand Book sales, Clara and Elinor's Children's Book stall, Janet and Bill selling the Parish Prize Draw tickets and the Guides offering people to write a wish on an angel decoration to go up on the Christmas tree.
It was a wonderful example of our Parish Community coming together for a fun day, raising funds for the Parish. Thank you to everyone involved for all the hard work involved in making the day so successful. Money raised and a breakdown of the stall figures will be placed up on the notice board in the Narthex.