All who attended the recent Autumn Fair enjoyed beautiful sunny weather, plenty of entertainment, refreshments and company, but to the organizers of this brilliant event, what made it even more special was the fundraising objective.
St Andrew’s, at the heart of Oxshott, serves not only as a church but also as a centre offering pre-school, lunches for the elderly, daily coffee, together with facilities for everything from dance classes to choral society. Many years of heavy use have taken their toll and there is now a real need to update the tired ancillary facilities. The autumn fair was focussed on boosting funds towards this important community initiative.
Stalls in and around the church included nearly-new toys, cards & crafts, jams & preserves, cakes & biscuits, embroidered linens & guess-the-weight of the fruit cake as tombola and lucky dip.
The surrounding lawns played host to the plant marquee and bouncy castle, the small plane cockpit, frozen-themed play area, the remote controlled cars, bottle fishing and the group of scarecrows propped up in readiness for their competition, all drawing in visitors and passers-by.
Lunches and refreshments were enjoyed and a footfall of four hundred and more was estimated by St Andrew’s vicar, Jeremy, who thanked all concerned and especially Lilly Nicholson who had so successfully coordinated and directed a wonderfully successful day. Nearly £5000 was raised!