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St Mary’s Thetford hosts successful fayre, raises £1440

St Mary’s, Thetford, celebrates community spirit with a festive Christmas fayre, raising an impressive £1,440 amid the cost of living crisis. Paul Gilbert reports.

On Saturday November 25, parishioners from St Mary’s, Thetford hosted a Christmas fayre for the local community. Parishioners supported this event by running stalls which included toys, puzzles, bric-a-brac, books, cards, cakes, drinks, children’s face painting and jewellery. In addition to these, there was a tombola and raffle stall.

Father Christmas paid a lunchtime visit to the young children and the not so young. Father Christmas was pleased with the good behaviour of all in attendance as all were on the good list.

The event raised a considerable £1,440 for the parish. It was a team effort and working together that made the difference. This is a considerable amount considering the cost of living crisis that we are experiencing.

Fr Pat Cleary, Parish Priest, was delighted with the turnout and the amount raised. It was a great social occasion for all people and it brought people together. There was a great atmosphere in the parish hall and as the event finished, there was talk of planning for future events for next year.

“The parish is a small, close-knit community, and when it comes together for an event like this, it truly is amazing what we can achieve together. This is a family and it’s wonderful to see the generosity, not only financially, but with the time and effort it takes to prepare and organise events such as this.”