A Frosty One

Phew! We think we may just have caught our breath (not to mention caught up with the clear up!) after last Saturday’s incredible Frost Fayre. This was the final event on our fundraising calendar, raising money for the Great Big Almonry Project, and we pulled out all the traditional Fayre stops to make it a success.

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 There was much decorating with greenery cut from the Almonry garden (and some brought in on the backs of bicycles by our dedicated staff!), twinkly lights lit up dark corners and the scent of fir, rosemary and pine made the place feel very festive.

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  Peruse - Copy  Ruth Putt

Simply Seasonal  Samantha

Our fabulous stallholders arrived and laid out their crafty/scrumptious/ethical goodies! Our huge thanks to Bridget Steel-Jessop (embroidery and papercraft artist), Geraldine O’Mahoney (handmade bears), John Cotterell (wooden gifts), Caroline Price (Peruse Fairtrade), Ruth Putt (upcycled fabric crafts), Hayley and Wendy (Simply Seasonal jams and chutneys), Samantha Priest (handmade cakes and Christmas puddings), and Lyndsey Kent (handmade goats milk soaps).


(photo courtesy of Caroline Price)

We were blessed with dry (eventually) weather and a steady stream of visitors eager to kick-start their Christmas shopping, chance their arm on the tombola and meet, in person, the Winter King (our very grateful thanks to Tim Price for remaining so thoroughly in character all day long!)

The plague rats were thoroughly splatted, the bran tub riffled for spoils and the cakes disappeared almost before we’d even had a chance to grab slices ourselves! The raffle (made up of prizes kindly donated by our stall holders) was a huge success. Congratulations to the three raffle winners, and the winner of the children’s goody bag for the Treasure Hunt!

In fact, the whole day was, thanks to the dedication of staff and volunteers who ensured it all ran smoothly. In the end, it raised over £400 for the Great Big Almonry Project. What a wonderful amount to sign off our fundraising year with!