Festive atmosphere for church fundraiser

Connie and Grace Starns with their finished product from the 'make your own Christmas wreath' stall
Connie and Grace Starns with their finished product from the 'make your own Christmas wreath' stall
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CAROLS played on handbells created a festive atmosphere for St Mary de Haura Church’s Christmas fair on Saturday.

The bells of St Mary’s Handbell Ringers rang out in East Street, outside the entrance to St Mary’s Hall.

Yule log winners Cherry Fraser, left, and Freya Canning with East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton

Yule log winners Cherry Fraser, left, and Freya Canning with East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton

East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton opened the fair and judged the yule log competition.

Churchwarden Julie Gates said: “There were yule logs made from cake, yule log models, knitted yule logs and paintings, a good variety of entries.”

First prize in the craft section went to Cherry Fraser from Hove for her yule log knitted muff and winner in the under-16 section was Freya Canning, ten, from Shoreham for her penguin house model.

Mrs Gates added: “The fair, with a wide variety of stalls and refreshments hall, was very busy and well supported throughout the day.

“We are also very grateful to all the Shoreham traders who supported the fair.”

As well as items for sale, stalls included competitions like name the teddy and crafts like making a Christmas wreath.

The proceeds of the Christmas fair will go to support the running costs of the transitional Norman church, which is in the heart of the town.

Churchwarden Ian Tompkin said: “In addition to the extensive ongoing restoration costs, we have to ensure the running costs are met in full. It costs over £1,000 per week to run the church.”