Back to Victorian ‘good old days’ at Christmas fair

TIME FOR A MINCE PIE -- volunteers John Stirland and Pam Farrell take a break -- DISPIC NHUD11-3183-3
TIME FOR A MINCE PIE -- volunteers John Stirland and Pam Farrell take a break -- DISPIC NHUD11-3183-3

A VICTORIAN theme ushered in the festive season during a fundraising Christmas fair at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Hucknall.

What’s more, the annual attraction yielded a perfect early present — a total amount raised in excess of £1,000.

ELF AND SAFETY! -- volunteers (from left) Betty Nicholls, Ryan Smith and Tracey Greensmith making sure the fair goes with a swing -- DISPIC NHUD11-3183-2

ELF AND SAFETY! -- volunteers (from left) Betty Nicholls, Ryan Smith and Tracey Greensmith making sure the fair goes with a swing -- DISPIC NHUD11-3183-2

The popular event at the church on Ruffs Drive saw organisers and supporters dress in costumes from the bygone age, with waistcoats, bonnets and flat caps the order of the day.

Pride of place was reserved for Santa Claus, who was on hand to man a grotto and chat with youngsters to find out exactly what gifts they would like for Christmas Day.

Other crowd-pleasers included stalls selling a vast array of home-made cakes. There was a toy stall, tombola and a stand selling Christmas gifts.

A raffle, with a top prize of a microwave oven, was packed with items donated by local businesses

One of the main organisers, Anne Tugby, said: “We decided on the Victorian theme just to do something a bit different.

“We are delighted with the total. It is the most we have raised from the event for a number of years.

“There was a lot of help from the congregation and friends of the church.

“We were also very grateful for the support of local companies.”

The money collected will boost general church funds.