After months of build up, including chutney making sessions in Highbridge Hall, the 25 November arrived. Some people took personal credit for the sprinkling of snow that we woke up to. It certainly was a chilly winter morning!

The hall was resplendent in its tinsel and drapes
and the tables, transported from St Michaels,
were bedecked with festive coverings and
loaded with goods. Jams and pickles, jewellery
and cards, cakes and Christmas wreaths
(both freshly made). There were handmade
items; woollen goods, glass goods and
wooden goods. Children’s games, toys and
books shared space with sweets and tattoos
in Room 1. Throughout the church there was
excitement, and the smell of bacon, in the air – Santa
was in his grotto, the kitchen was ready and the fayre was open!

Visitors flocked into the church and through the halls - they came and saw and bought and ate. Gazing in wonder at the Christmas tree festival in the church which showcased the many groups that meet at Wylde Green and enjoying the
talented groups who performed on the stage, many felt that this was more than just a fundraising event.

At the end of the fayre, everyone was invited into the church, fed with delicious homemade mince pies and entreated to sing carols. No encouragement needed; carols were lustily sung and everyone went home happy and uplifted.

Although there was a feeling that this should not be simply a financial exercise the target set had been £1,750 and it appears that has been comfortably made so, all in all, a resounding success.

Huge thanks go to Manuela who masterminded the whole event, and to all the people who came and set up and cleared away and drove tables to and from St Michaels and washed up and served people, to those who welcomed people and
announced and played and counted and baked and pickled and sewed and all the many other jobs that everyone did. This was a massive ‘joint ‘effort and we can all feel proud of the result.

Elaine Siggers

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