Every year we hold a Christmas Fayre in SMSG church on the Stony Stratford Lights Switch on day and we always make it musical! This year was no exception, there was music all day for the many visitors who came in for the refreshments, stalls and a warm welcome.
In the morning the parents and families of Russell Street children thronged the church to watch and hear the children perform their Christmas songs. Many of the children wore festive jumpers.
Later in the morning the children of St Mary and St Giles Junior School performed (singing and hand bells), then SMSG church band played the lunchtime slot before the choir from Queen Eleanor Primary school sang, followed once again by the band.
The organ fund Golden Spot Tombola organised by Kath and Nina had a fabulous 24 hampers as Golden spot prizes, plus loads of other individual prizes which people could choose from if they had a ticket ending with a 0 or a 5.
Kath, Nina, Jane, Janet, Sue and Anna ran the stall in relays throughout the day, wearing golden top hats and ready smiles. The generosity of those who donated prizes meant that we raised £637 for the organ fund, which was fantastic. The other stalls in the church (Craft stall, books, bric a brac, Kidney Research Foundation and Fairtrade) all did well too and by 4.30 pm the refreshments team had run out of cakes, mince pies and hot snacks in the parish hall as they were so popular.
Sadly, the model railway was not on display this year due to illness, we missed it very much as did the visitors.
Outside the church in the morning and later outside the parish hall during the lantern parade the small hand turned street organ built by John Page played Christmas carols and songs, several children and adults were allowed to turn the organ to hear the music.
More photos can be seen on flickr at SMSG Christmas Fayre 2016
Words and photos by Anna Page