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Summer Fair 17 June 2017

Story and photos Jim Paterson

Party time at the Summer Fair
The brilliant sunshine brought out the visitors to join the Summer Fair at St. Mungo's church hall on Saturday 17 June. Avis Anderson welcomed visitors at the door before they headed for the tables full of home baking, with a great selection of cakes and home made jams and marmalade.

The bottle and tombola tables joined hands this year, with Mary Paterson and Barbara Sprott enticing visitors to try a single dip for tickets, which resulted in many prizes for those taking a 'flutter'.

A new selection of books, CD's, and DVD's attracted interest too, Jenny Ramage had set out a selection of great novels, travel books, even a set of encyclopaedias for some young mind to delve into. If your into cookery we had three wartime recipe books, one dated 1942. How to cook on a budget is still as relevant today as it was 75 years ago.

The home baking stall was laden with a wide variety of cakes and delights, with individual cheesecakes topped with a strawberry, fruit loaves, and my favourite tea loaf. Joyce Hunter and Helen Sutherland helped me choose one, which I bought early as they always disappear quickly.

Jars of home made marmalade, made by church members with oranges, lemons and limes donated by the Food Facts Friends foodbank, after all the visiting people in need had picked their selection, promised to brighten up any slice of toast at breakfast time.

Olive Darling and Eleanor Wilson were on the toy stall, while Marion Mather and Linn Kinloch were serving behind the bric -a -brac counter, with gift ideas for house and home.

Susan Duns, assisted by Isabel Donachie, were on the raffle table, serving a steady queue waiting to buy tickets after viewing the fabulous range of prizes to be won.

But the main attraction was the strawberry tea included in the ticket price. It was strawberries with everything, scones, tarts, bite size tartlets, or just good fresh strawberries from a bowl. Add fruit cake, pancakes, or is that drop scones, someone shouted! There was plenty to eat, complete with an endless supply of tea and coffee as ladies of the social team and volunteers, Barbara Ramsay, Carol Lough, Margaret Barry led by Christine Jackson, circled the tables keeping cups topped up.

Soon it was time to draw the raffle prize winnners. Debbi McCall, one of our new Midlothian councillors in Penicuik, joined us to draw the winners. With Agnes Ovenstone keeping the bag of tickets well mixed, no cheating here then, Debbi called out the winners with Margaret Black handing out the prizes. Lots of happy faces.

Agnes Ovenstone announced to the congregation at the service on Sunday 18 that the summer fair made £675. This rose to £755, following a further donation, and more sales of home baking during our after morning service tea and a chat. A record amount for our summer fairs.

Well done to everyone for your support, be it donating, baking, making, buying, or helping set it all up. Thanks too to the social team for all their planning. It all looks as if it just happens. That's the result of a lot of planning and work behind the scenes, and the weeks of preparation.

Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838