Monday, 20 September 2021

Harvest festival auction raises £1,600 for homeless

THE annual harvest festival and produce auction in Swyncombe raised a record- breaking £1,600 for a day centre for homeless

THE annual harvest festival and produce auction in Swyncombe raised a record- breaking £1,600 for a day centre for homeless people.

More than 50 people attended a commemorative service at St Botolph’s Church which had been decorated with fruit and vegetables by a group of parishoners, including Marlene Richards, Ismayne Peters, Annabelle Elworthy and Margaret Ashby.

The congregation then moved to Russell’s Water village hall for the harvest lunch and auction in aid of Steppin’ Stones, the day centre in Cowley, Oxford.

Farmer David Orpwood, of Woods Farm, auctioned fruit and vegetables donated by the public and grown by members of the centre.

Other lots included Elly Crossman’s painting of the Essence of St Botolph, which sold for £110 and a bicycle which was won by Rev Christopher Evans, the rector.

Nigel Northcott, director of the centre, attended the event, with Stephen “Little Stevo” Hatch, one of the centre’s success stories.

John Sennett, who helped organise the event, said: “Stevo and Nigel were overwhelmed with the reception they received.

“It is very much a coming together for the church and the community and it is a wonderful time for people to celebrate God’s gift to us all.

“Sincere thanks to all the buyers, especially the big spenders, who responded so generously.”

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