Christmas spirit flowing at festive fair - a good use of my spare time

Helping my local community is an important part of my personal life and co-ordinating our annual craft fair is something I’ve done these last 15 years. Our annual craft fair is the culmination of a lot of hard work and effort by many people who ensure the Christmas spirit flows freely.

Our church, Saints Philip and James, Up Hatherley and the Reddings, held this year’s festive extravaganza last Saturday. More than 20 stallholders sold all sort of crafts, home-made cakes, jams and pickles as a fundraiser. With a hamper raffle, homemade soups, bacon butties and Father Christmas there was something for everyone.

We raised £800 for the church upkeep and its community projects which include providing a regular parish "Sunday lunch” for church members and locals.

The efforts of creative independent stallholders and talented supporters sparked powerful compliments on the atmosphere and friendliness of the day - "the best so far”.

Our local newspaper, the Gloucestershire Echo, sampled the atmosphere, the cakes, and reported the event in full - thanks for coverage, chaps and a merry Christmas to you all.

Julie Brown