Autumn Fair for Malawi

Autumn Fair

After months of planning and preparation the Autumn Fair was held on Saturday 29th September.  A team of volunteers gathered on the Friday afternoon and after only a couple of hours the Morton Hall was transformed into a series of pop up shops overflowing with treats and bargains.  Saturday morning saw another team swing into action to turn the Ferguson and Jameson Halls into a fairground of sideshows, and The Link into a café.  During the morning more helpers arrived and the whole building soon had a buzz of excitement and           anticipation.

 12 o’clock arrived and the doors were opened, and the fun began!

Children and adults alike tried their hand on the Wheel of Fortune, Chocolate Tombola, Roll a 10p and Human Fruit Machine, and shoppers purchased Christmas gifts and other goods.  Raffle tickets were snapped up, the Elephant’s name pondered over and random weights and numbers offered for the Guess the Weight of the cake and Sweets in a Jar competitions.

Hands were softened by the products offered by Orpington Beekeepers, and the artistic skills of bookbinding were admired on the Landymore Bookbinding stall. Ploughman’s lunches and cream teas were provided by Harrisons catering and Roddas, and served by Joan Fabb and her team.

Three o’clock came and another team swung into action packing away and clearing the hall, and helping to remove items from the premises. Then came the fun part….counting the money. The Purton dining table looked as if the proceeds of a bank robbery had been deposited as piles of notes and bowls of coins built up, and figures were scribbled down as each stall’s proceeds were counted.

Sunday dawned, and the congregation, including the large Baptism  party, were given the opportunity to make further purchases of raffle  tickets etc, raising a further £100. Then the winners of all the competitions were announced.

The final total was totted up, and we were thrilled to have made £ 2365.69 towards the Toilet block fund.

Thanks to all the helpers on the day from various groups associated with St John’s, those who donated goods in advance and those who came and spent their money

Alix and Ian Purton