VIDEO: St Andrew and St Cuthman Christmas market

STEYNING’S St Andrew and St Cuthman Church celebrated Christmas with children’s author Julia Donaldson.

A Christmas market was held in the ancient Norman church last Saturday, with music, local crafts and something for all the family.

From left, Penny Warner, Yvonne Lang, Fr Neil Robert and Denise Bedford making bacon butties. Photo by Derek Martin D14491357a

From left, Penny Warner, Yvonne Lang, Fr Neil Robert and Denise Bedford making bacon butties. Photo by Derek Martin D14491357a

The new vicar, Father Neil Roberts, launched the day by wearing a chef’s apron and cooking bacon butties outside the church porch.

He was joined by Penny Warner, Yvonne Lang and Denise Bedford to make sure there was enough to go around.

Inside the church were lots of gift ideas from an array of stalls, including local arts and crafts, Christmas plants, festive cakes, puddings and bric-a-­brac.

There were family events, including face painting and hand bells to try out, with Father Christmas making an appearance.

SH 011214 Christmas Market at St Andrew's Church, Steyning. Steyning Bellringers L to R  Marion Pickup David Kirkcardy, Sue Gadd, Felicity Downe and their winning Christmas tree. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140112-124732001

SH 011214 Christmas Market at St Andrew's Church, Steyning. Steyning Bellringers L to R Marion Pickup David Kirkcardy, Sue Gadd, Felicity Downe and their winning Christmas tree. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140112-124732001

There was also a mulled wine stall.

The Christmas tree decorating competition in the Chancel and the best dressed stall competition for children and adult groups was judged by the creator of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson.

She with her husband, Malcolm, picked out the winners for the most imaginative presentations.

Chanctonbury Quilters June Linfield, Carol Poveya and Barbara Nayler were chosen as the winning stall and Steyning Bellringers Marion Pickup, David Kirkcardy, Sue Gadd and Felicity Downe had the best tree.

Visitors also enjoyed the young flautists, and the choirs of Steyning Primary School and Steyning Grammar School boarders.