Festive fayres raise funds for churches

Winter Fayre at Sleaford parish church. L-R Angela Clash, Sue Parsons and Sheila Sheppard with Christmas hamper raffle prize. EMN-160711-093901001
Winter Fayre at Sleaford parish church. L-R Angela Clash, Sue Parsons and Sheila Sheppard with Christmas hamper raffle prize. EMN-160711-093901001

The annual Winter Fayre was recently held in St Denys’ Church in Sleaford and this year was opened by headteacher of the William Alvey School Stephen Tapley.

There was a good range of stalls selling food and refreshments and handicrafts that would make ideal early Christmas presents.

Winter Fayre at Sleaford parish church. Hazel Starks selling her Christmas crafts. EMN-160711-093845001

Winter Fayre at Sleaford parish church. Hazel Starks selling her Christmas crafts. EMN-160711-093845001

There was a tombola and home made jams for sale.

The Grand Draw was supported by many local businesses who kindly donated prizes.

The event was raising money for church funds and is believed to collected about £2,000.

On the same day, there was also the popular ‘Crafts by Candlelight’ event at St Denis’ parish church in Silk Willoughby.

Crafts by candlelight christmas fair at St Deny's Church, Silk Willoughby. L-R Pat Clarke and daughter Alex Rogerson of Sleaford, with their handmade crafts. EMN-160711-094112001

Crafts by candlelight christmas fair at St Deny's Church, Silk Willoughby. L-R Pat Clarke and daughter Alex Rogerson of Sleaford, with their handmade crafts. EMN-160711-094112001

The well-attended craft fair saw lots of seasonal gift ideas on display by makers and parishioners.

There were Christmas cards, scarves, festive decorations, artwork, cakes and preserves available to buy and much more besides.

Visitors could grab a cuppa and enter a number of competitions, too.

Again, proceeds will be going towards church funds, say organisers.

Crafts by candlelight christmas fair at St Deny's Church, Silk Willoughby. Tracie Tulett of Ruskington with glassware that she haas decorated using Decoupage on silk paper. EMN-160711-094127001

Crafts by candlelight christmas fair at St Deny's Church, Silk Willoughby. Tracie Tulett of Ruskington with glassware that she haas decorated using Decoupage on silk paper. EMN-160711-094127001

Winter Fayre at Sleaford parish church. L-R Barbar Marriage, Margaret Mason, Nel Talkes, Pat Hoyland and Jeanne Avidon selling tea and cakes. EMN-160711-093936001

Winter Fayre at Sleaford parish church. L-R Barbar Marriage, Margaret Mason, Nel Talkes, Pat Hoyland and Jeanne Avidon selling tea and cakes. EMN-160711-093936001