Thursday, 21 June 2018

Hundreds attend church's Christmas fair in aid of repairs

Hundreds attend church's Christmas fair in aid of repairs

THE Christmas fair at St Thomas’s Church in Goring raised more than £1,300 towards the upkeep of the building.

Hundreds of people attended Saturday’s event, which has been running for about 20 years.

There were 14 stalls selling a range of goods including cakes, plants, preserves, toys, books, cards, bedding and arts and crafts.

Children had the chance to meet Father Christmas and volunteers were serving lunches and hot drinks. There was also a raffle and tombola.

The proceeds will help pay for repairs to the roof of the church tower, which needs new lead and masonry at a cost of up to £60,000. More money may soon be needed to ensure the tower remains aligned with the rest of the building.

Organiser Chris Tassell, of Reading Road, Goring, who ran a stall with his wife Celia, said: “We’re happy with how it went. There are lots of other events going on at the same time in this area but people are usually very keen to attend this one.

“This is one of the highlights of the church year.

“It’s a lovely social event that brings people together — even if there wasn’t a fund-raising element, we would still organise it just because people enjoy it.”

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