Monday, 14 June 2021

1,000 people attend fair in aid of school and youth club

1,000 people attend fair in aid of school and youth club

MORE than 1,000 people attended the Benson Christmas fair in the parish hall on Saturday.

About 30 traders had stalls selling gifts, cards, jewellery, books, beauty products, clocks and confectionery.

There were games for children including golf ball pinball and guess the weight of the turkey with someone dressed as the festive bird.

Father Christmas was in his grotto, and Santa’s salon offered hair crimping, face painting and glitter tattoos while in Santa’s craft workshop children could make cards, elf hats and reindeer with lollipop noses. 

There was also a cake stall and refreshments including mulled wine, mince pies, toasted sandwiches, hot dogs and snow cones.

The second annual event was a joint venture by the Friends of Benson School and Benson youth club and raised £3,300.

Friends chairwoman Jo Whittaker and her team were dressed as elves.

She said: “It went really well. I think we’re more experienced and we had a lot of help from the community.

“ It’s a lot of hard work and it couldn’t be done without all the parents getting involved as they do. We decided to market it as a community event to widen its reach and we had people come from all over the place.

“Now we’re looking forward to organising how we’re going to spend this money.

“Our focus will be on bringing music into the lives of the children. It’s lovely to know they are directly benefiting.”

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