Weather Glorious For St Mary’s Church Fete

church fete st marys 2013It was a perfect summer’s day for St Mary’s Church Fete yesterday.

The event, which was held in the Chaplaincy Gardens, attracted a good crowd of locals and visitors who came along for the stalls, face painting and bouncy castle.

They were entertained by music from the Red Sayles Orchestra.

Organiser, Brian Lowen, says it’s a chance for the church to raise some much-needed funds for maintenance.

The roof will need replacing in a couple of years, says Brian, so they’ve started putting money aside for that.

This year, prizes donated by local businesses were auctioned off instead of raffled. These included hotel meals, boat tickets, horse and cart rides and golf lessons.

The money is still being counted by Canon Miller expects that the auction brought in more money than the event would usually make.

But the Church Fete wouldn’t have been complete without the now traditional Punch and Judy show. The Steamship Company pays the cost of bringing Penzance-based ‘Professor Goodvibes’ over and he performs for free.

Brian says Tuesday is an unusual day to hold the fete, but it means they don’t clash with any of the off-island events and it’s also normally the best day for finding volunteers to help out too.

This morning, Canon Miller told us the event had raised just over £2,000, which is one of their best ever totals.

Meanwhile, St Agnes fete organisers have counted the cash raised last Sunday.

The event will contribute £3,000 towards the Island Hall rebuilding project. Work to turn the run down building into a community and business space is already underway.

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