The Craft group had worked hard in the run-up to the event using their skills to make a lovely exhibition on the walls with some of them taking tables too.

On the day they were joined by society members from other groups who showcased their creative skills. There were lots of fabulous, affordable hand-made present ideas on show – knitwear, jigsaws, New2U jewellery and handbags, home decorations, paper crafts, preserves, toys, greetings cards, and a staggering amount of art materials. There were delicious home bakes too, from hot mince pies and scones, to celebration cakes and biscuits. Generous members had donated freely to the tombola table which groaned under the weight of all the bottles, biscuits and Christmas nibbles. And they turned up on the day to support the event.

It was a fantastic effort all round, but it couldn’t have happened without volunteers devoting many hours in the run-up to the big day, sorting and labelling donated items, and preparing the Studio. On the day, volunteers stepped up to help on the stalls, run the kitchen and generally add to the very convivial atmosphere, which stepped up a gear when young pupils from St Peter’s Primary School arrived to get everyone in the Christmas spirit with some lovely carols.

The icing on the cake was when the final total was added up to make it a record-breaking day. Thanks to all who played a part.

Barbara Waite.