Christmas fair gives a boost to church funds

St Thomas Church Christmas fair at St Thomas' Primary School Debbie Rimmer
St Thomas Church Christmas fair at St Thomas' Primary School Debbie Rimmer

Crowds flock to festive event to see an array of stalls and enter special Christmas card contest

Church funds at St Thomas, Garstang were boosted by more than £1,500 thanks to Saturday’s splendid Christmas fair.

St Thomas Church Christmas fair at St Thomas' Primary School Ruby Mower, 10, Georgina Worden, 10, Nancye Roberts, 10 and John Roberts, 11

St Thomas Church Christmas fair at St Thomas' Primary School Ruby Mower, 10, Georgina Worden, 10, Nancye Roberts, 10 and John Roberts, 11

The event, held at St Thomas’ school,attracted lots of visitors, who also enjoyed seeing entries in the church’s special Design a Christmas card contest.

Churchwarden Mrs Jean Sawyer said: “We had a lot of people there and the stalls did very well.”

Attractions included a tombola, raffle, home-made craft stall and a toy stall which was organised by the church’s Sunday school members.

Mrs Sawyer said thanks are also due to many local businesses which donated prizes, including a Christmas cake.

The event was opened by Mayor and Mayoress Coun Graham and Mrs Kathy Salisbury.

Vicar Father Stephen Grey had the task of picking the winning Christmas cards which will be printed for sale in the run up to Christmas 2015 in aid of church funds.

The successful artists were: 92 year old parishioner Edith Critchley and St Thomas’ pupils Lily Sawyer and Elena Rostron.