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Christmas Fair - 24 November 2017
|Story and photos - Jim Paterson|
Time for refreshments and a a chat
Frost had left his calling card, freezing cold with the ground
snowy white, as St Mungo's opened the doors for their annual Christmas
Fair. The warmth inside was welcomed by all the visitors, able to
unwrap their thick coats and scarves.
The tables were filled with stalls offering all sorts of goodies, ideal as stocking fillers for that special gift.
and homebaking were both attracting attention. I managed to grab my
favourite fruit loaf from Joyce Hunter, who, along with Joan
Cape, were selling a wide selection of cakes, loaves and other
Mary Paterson and
Barbara Sprott were once again on the
bottle stall, and 5 tickets a pound seemed good value for a chance to
win a bottle or two. Unlike last year, where I had three winning
tickets, this year I had none! Better luck next year.
Ovenstone and Margaret Black, and Olive Darling were busy on the bric-a-brac, which had a
selection of jigsaw puzzles, always a good filler for Christmas. These
had some interesting pictures and scenes.
Marion Mather was on the Christmas stall, selling decorations and Christmas novelties, even some that lit up!
A delivery of fresh
books transformed the book stall into a little 'gold mine' with lots of
new titles of favourite authors. Jenny Ramage was able to pick out the 'who dun it' novels which
seemed to go down well. Carole Lough was also busy helping the visitors find
that special title.
Susan Duns was running the raffle, with a
steady flow of people queuing to buy tickets. No wonder, the top prizes
came from the knitting pins of Barbara Sprott. With another stable
scene featuring all the key players, Joseph, Mary, the three wise men,
sheep, manger, and of course baby Jesus. This year she made a
superb Angel to look down on the scene too. I that wasn't enough, Barbara
found time to knit a complete Advent Calendar, with something special
in each day pocket of the month. These were very special prizes and you
needed to purchase a ticket from a special book.
were gifts of all shapes and sizes, and Jill Kane and Audrey Marchant
been busy knitting, this time a selection of covers for your Christmas
orange, be it a hat, a dumpling, or a snowman. My favourite was the
snowman so one of those will be in my stocking.
great selection of cakes, drop scone (or are they pancakes, I can never
tell), cream scones, and the first mince pies of the season, thanks to
Christine Jackson, all hand baked, were served with endless
coffee or tea. The refreshment tables were full of laughter and chat
as many tall stories were told and gossip exchanged.
the date was shared with the National Day of Prayer at the South Church
, their was plenty of time to visit that in the afternoon. Agnes
Ovenstone was able to
report a total of £822, raised for church funds, superseding last years total by £300.
Thank you to everyone who braved the cold and supported the Christmas Fair.
won the knitted nativity scene? Jill Kane was that lucky person. She
will appreciate the work involved, being and avid knitter
Christine's Mince Pies
Carole 'what to read next'
Published - 27 November 2017