Fayre funds needed for museum’s leaking roof

Father Christmas is returning to the Marlipins Museum
Father Christmas is returning to the Marlipins Museum

FATHER Christmas will be swapping his sleigh for a boat when he visits Shoreham.

He will be at the Marlipins Museum for the annual Victorian Christmas fayre on Saturday, November 30, 10am to 4pm, and his grotto will be set up in the museum’s boat.

The Friends of Marlipins Museum are aiming to make the fayre full of fun this year, as they bid to raise vital money to mend the roof of the 12th-century building.

Treasurer Liza McKinney said: “We are facing a £25,000-plus bill to mend the roof in the old museum.

“It is leaking in three places and they seem to change direction every now and again as well.”

Entrance to the fayre is free and there will be a wide variety of stalls, including arts and crafts, woollens, teddy bears in all shapes and sizes, jewellery and home-made cakes and preserves.

“You can try your luck with the tombola and raffle and relax with hot cider punch and mince pies.” added Mrs McKinney.

“Come and enjoy a wonderful Victorian Christmas atmosphere and help us to keep this magnificent old building to survive as a great historical facility for years to come.”

Father Christmas will return to the Marlipins Museum for late-night shopping on Friday, December 13, 5pm to 9pm. There will be street enterainment, children’s rides and a Christmas market.