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Success at the Charity Fair

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Our Shalford Christmas Charity Fair 2016 raised £7,100, the best yet! Thanks to all of you for your involvement and those who donated so many goods and in such good condition. The stallholders who work so hard to collect, price and set up their wares, all the wonderful helpers and our local traders who supported us - Guildford Wine Company, The Parrot, Seahorse, Queen Victoria, Snooty's, Chada Thai, Carousel, Shalford Post Office, Wing Hung, Wild at Heart, Pablo our new hairdresser, Bramley Golf, Oak Barn Vets, Bramley Apple, KJ Hairdressers, Kilfeather & Dumbrill Butchers and Pewleys who put up the Boards. This year Shalford Bowling ran a competition giving 45 people a chance to try their hand at bowls and thanks must go to Shirley and her team. The Scouts did a most successful job of easing the ‘bottleneck’ in the car park and the Guides aided the smooth running of Refreshments.

It is this support and enthusiasm which makes our ‘famous’ Shalford Fair such a wonderful community event and I, for one, am very proud of Shalford village and the congregation of St Mary’s Church. Our ten charities really do appreciate our donations, they make such a difference.

The weather was kind – a beautiful sunny winter’s day. The new Food Hall in the Upper Hall worked well. We had familiar stalls and some new ones including a Man Stall, Teddy Tombola, Turkey Raffle, Chocolate Tombola and a Kitchen Stall while Theo and Jake Mawanda ran a successful Scalextric challenge on the stage. The team in Refreshments were even busier than last year.

We always need new ideas and ‘new blood’ to keep our Fair vibrant and it is for this reason Jan and I have decided this year, 2017 will be our last as Organisers. I will have been on the organising team for 7 years and it is time someone else took ‘the baton’. As my grandson said “you are rather like a conductor of an orchestra – everyone has their part, plays it in their own way and you bring it together to ‘sound good’ ”. My task has not beendaunting as the ‘orchestra’ is good. I have enjoyed ‘conducting’ and if there is anyone who would like to take over please contact us. It would be a good idea if you could ‘shadow’ us this year before taking over in 2018.

The halls are booked for Saturday 18th November 2017. Let the orchestra play on!

Joanna Houstoun

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