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Toys and gifts galore

Joyce Hunter on homebaking

Browsing new book selection 

Lucky dip on Tombola

Tartan tartan everywhere

The winning raffle ticket?

Christmas Fair  - 21 November  2015

Story and photos - Jim Paterson

Time for a chat and a cuppa
Christmas seemed to have come early, with a blanket of snow covering the town the night before, the first of the winter. Despite the cold and wintry feel St. Mungo's annual Christmas Fair attracted a good turnout, from churches across the town and farther afield, to see the selection of stalls and goodies. Avis Anderson provided a warm welcome at the door for all the visitors.

With a wide selection of items for Christmas gifts and stocking fillers there was plenty to choose from. Toys of all shapes and sizes were on display, and some could be won for the price of a raffle ticket or two. Susan Duns was on the raffle stall and the book of tickets seemed to be emptying pretty quickly when I queued up for mine. Frank Duns was also on hand to help out.

The bottle stall is always a favourite and there were plenty of bottles from wine to soft drinks, sparkling and still, something to suit everyone. This year Barbara and Neil Sprott manned the stall. Meanwhile Joyce Hunter was on the home baking stall, with meringues, cakes and various loaves. By time I reached her, less than half an hour after opening, her stall was almost half empty. I did manage to grab my favourite tea loaf and fruit loaf, before they all disappeared.

Agnes Ovenstone and Margaret Black were on the stall with so many items it was difficult to know where to start. Gift ideas for the home and toys for the children were in abundance. There was even a Silver Cross push chair with all the cold weather gear for someone's little one.

Tombola is a regular feature and once again attracted a few people to 'have a go'. Linn Kinloch and Olive Darling wre tempting the customers. Just behind Linn and Olive was Ivan Ramsay on the book stall. This year saw an influx of new titles from all genre's to entice the avid and casual readers alike.

We had a new visitor stall displaying all things 'scottish' with a wide display of kilts and dresses for that little girl in your family. With dresses from 1 year up to 6 years old, in a range of different tartans this was a real display of colour.

Having got round all the displays it was time for a well earned coffee and home baking. Barbara Ramsay, and Margaret Barry were helping, offering a wide selection of  home made 
cakes, pancakes, or were they 'drop scones'? Plus plenty of mince pies to herald in the coming season of 'goodwill to all men.' While enjoying our tea the raffle was drawn and the prizes presented.

Agnes Ovenstone announced at the Sunday morning service that £695 had been raised, but by the end of the day over £730 had been collected, following several donations received during the after service tea and coffee in the hall.

A big thank you to all who put the fair together, donated items, and to those who came along, bought some of the goodies, or donated a gift. Your generosity goes to help the upkeep of your church fabric, helping to keep out the worst that winter can throw at us.

Soft toys looking for a home

Bottle stall prizes being ticketed