Santa sets sail to raise the roof

S49675H13  Father Christmas with his reindeer at Marlipins Museum
S49675H13 Father Christmas with his reindeer at Marlipins Museum

FATHER Christmas set sail to help raise the roof at Marlipins Museum in Shoreham.

The annual Victorian Christmas fayre, organised by the Friends of Marlipins Museum, proved a great success on Saturday.

The High Street museum urgently needs to raise more than £25,000 to repair the leaking roof at the 12th century building.

Mrs Jan Coomber, one of the Friends, said: “It is about raising as much money as we can.

“It went extremely well indeed and we are looking forward to adding to our monies for the new roof.

“We had a lot of people visiting and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Santa, who visits every year, had a new home this time, upstairs in the children’s play boat.

Mrs Coomber explained: “We made it into a grotto for Father Christmas, complete with sledge and sleigh, and at the end the children could dip in the wishing well for a present.”

There were stalls all over the museum, with ceramics, cushions, knitwear, jewellery, books and Ramshackle bears made by Virginia Jenner.

There was also a guess the weight of the cake competition and cider punch and mince pies on offer.

Father Christmas returns to the Marlipins Museum for Shoreham late-night shopping on December 13, 5pm to 9pm.

The museum, which is closed until May, is also holding coffee mornings over the winter period in the extension, 10.30am to 12pm, to help boost the fundraising.