Another unexpectedly exciting event for the Branch saw our Christmas Fair (25th Nov) plunged into darkness (well, almost) when the electricity failed part way through the morning. Despite having no electricity the stallholders and volunteers soldiered on to raise an excellent £861.81 and all involved seemed to have a wonderfully festive day.
The power cut particularly affected the kitchen and refreshments. So a massive debt of gratitude to our kitchen volunteers Sue, Pat, Janet & Eve, as well as to Animals Asia for heating water in their camper van and Ged Gora – stall holder – who chased back & forth to his home with flasks of boiling water so we could make hot drinks. And not forgetting Sue Southgate’s husband, Steve, who fetched, heated and returned the soup!
Many thanks to the Villages Voices choir who contributed greatly to the festive atmosphere, and to Santa who was a great success with our younger visitors. And a final Thank You to the volunteers who helped set up and pack away, to our stallholders who remained cheerful throughout, and all the local community who came along to support us. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.