Fair cooks up record proceeds

CAN COOK, WILL COOK! -- Chris Mills, whose family recipes feature inside, helps launch the new 'Parish Pantry' cook book -- DISPIC NHUD11-3185-3
CAN COOK, WILL COOK! -- Chris Mills, whose family recipes feature inside, helps launch the new 'Parish Pantry' cook book -- DISPIC NHUD11-3185-3
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JOY boiled over with news that the launch of a cookbook helped the annual Papplewick and Linby autumn fair raise a record-breaking total of more than £4,500.

The event pulled in a stream of visitors to Papplewick and Linby Village Hall.

The star attraction was the official unveiling of the book, which is entitled ‘Recipes From The Parish Pantry’. It features dozens of recipes from Michelin-starred chefs through to celebrity cooks, such as Delia Smith, and even local parishioners.

On the day, the book raised £825 alone and also made £877 in advance sales in the run-up to the fair.

All the money collected will boost the funds of St James’s Church in Papplewick and St Michael’s in Linby.

Other crowd-pleasers at the fair included stalls selling bric-a-brac, preserves, home-made cakes, craft items, books and toys.

Children’s games included racing cars, model horse racing and lolly sticks in the sand, which involved youngsters pulling a stick from a sandpit to reveal a prize.

There was a silent auction, tombola, bottle tombola, raffle, face-painting and a treasure hunt.

Refreshments, including jacket potatoes, did a roaring trade and raised £489.

Nicky Murray, who organised the autumn fair for the first time, said: “I was absolutely delighted with how things went. The hall was jam-packed and everyone was pleased with the turnout.”

The total raised is set to receive an extra boost after Papplewick resident Mavis Bentley held an open house earlier this week to sell off items left over from the fair.