Something for everyone at parish’s annual Spring Fair

Last year's Jubilee Cafe team await the many customers who always enjoy the tempting menus at the Spring Fair
Last year's Jubilee Cafe team await the many customers who always enjoy the tempting menus at the Spring Fair
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One of Longridge parish’s major fund raisers, its always-popular Spring Fair, is in its final planning stages for the day, Saturday, April 27.

A dozen stalls plus games, sideshows, a grand draw with £100 first prize and the Spring Fair Cafe will all be open for business at 11.15am that day in Berry Lane School. And the theme for the event, being near St George’s Day, will be red and white with the hall and classrooms being transformed, as last year, to reflect the national day.

The opening stages will see entertainment by the St Lawrence with St Paul Junior Choir before stall holders are busy attending to customers looking for quality items on all the stalls.

These range from plants and flowers outside the school to inside stalls offering cakes, biscuits, produce, crafts, good as new and bargain basement items, second hand books, the tombola and ‘golden ticket’ hampers plus jars of surprises.

There is also the chance to win the Grand Draw’s £100, for a new iPad mini, a meal for two at the Corporation Arms or enjoy lots of other games and sideshows organised by vicar the Rev David, his son Thomas and Wendy Smyth.

Parish organisations are busy gathering in items for their respective stalls which last year, for the Jubilee Spring Fair, made a record £3,000 for church funds, so making a positive target for an increase this year.

The Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade organises the grand draw, choir members run the cake stall, Eileen Lancashire and Mary Wilkinson organise produce and plant stalls respectively, Marjorie Procter and Theresa Page sell good as new items, Jean and Ray Saunders are on the Rainbow Stall and the tombola is run by the Tuesday Club.

Roy and Mae have organised the competition for a meal for two, Val Wardley is turning water into wine, and the hampers and jars of surprises are in the charge of Sally Bryden and family.

Shoppers can take a break in the Spring Fair Cafe, open from 11.30am to 2pm, and choose from the eight-item menu offering tempting main dishes and delicious assorted desserts.