Every year Stony Stratford dedicates a festival day to the switching on of the town's Christmas lights and this is always done the day before Advent. Lots of local groups and charities have stalls in the high street, there are fairground rides and the 89 key Gavioli organ from the Emmett family, and St Mary & St Giles Church holds a Christmas Fayre. We've had a Golden Spot Tombola for the organ fund at the past 2 fairs and once again used Sylvia's winning formula for a Tombola to great effect at today's event. We were lucky in being given a table just within the West Door entrance, so although we got cold from the door being open most of the time, we did a brisk trade most of the day with the call of "3 tickets for a pound, and you get to choose your prize". This novel version of a Tombola still works a treat and we had some wonderful prizes this time, and were able to replenish the stall during the day from boxes under the table, which made the Tombola continually attractive to the people pouring into the Church.
The Church also hosted the model railway, the local Archaeological society, Traidcraft and the Kidney Research stalls in addition to our own Bric a Brac, books, Raffle and Refreshments in aid of the Church Restoration fund (we've got the new parish hall to build, more interior painting, a roof to repair...). During the afternoon Lesley and the parish children mixed up their Christmas puddings.
Sylvia, Marian, Dave K, Dai and myself looked after the Tombola, Marian's Christmas goodies, Sylvia's knitted scarves and name a dog cuddly toy stall all day from 10 am until 4 pm. Because we had such a good team taking it in turns to operate the stall, I was able to get out into the high street and take photos of what else was happening in the town and was still able to do my fair share of the work.
The grand count up showed that all our efforts had been well worthwhile for the Organ fund, as we raised £331.71 from our stall alone. I believe the Restoration fund raised more than £800 which is great.