Calendar among star attractions at Docking hall’s Christmas fair

Docking Christmas Fair'Docking Computer Club members, Colin Clements and Val Ford, at their stall offering the annual calendar and a variety of cards and postcards members produce to help raise funds for the club ANL-150411-130537001

Docking Christmas Fair'Docking Computer Club members, Colin Clements and Val Ford, at their stall offering the annual calendar and a variety of cards and postcards members produce to help raise funds for the club ANL-150411-130537001

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Docking’s annual Christmas Fair gave shoppers the chance to browse amongst stalls packed with festive goodies at the weekend.

The event, at the Ripper Memorial Hall on Sunday, is organised by the venue’s committee.

One of its members, Janis Able, said: “We do it every year for hall funds and we expect to raise around £500.”

The many stalls gave visitors plenty of choice with one, organised by the village’s computer club, offering a very personal and local touch.

On sale was Docking’s own calendar containing twelve winning photographs taken by residents with the cover featuring the overall winner, a view of Docking church, taken by the Rev. Peter Cook.

The stall also offered Christmas cards as well as other anniversary cards and postcards - all with a local connection.

The club has been operating for 16 years, has around 20 members, and was founded to help residents learn and enjoy computing.

Shopping over, visitors could rest their weary feet by enjoying a light lunch of soup, apple crumble and hot drinks.

The hall is an important hub of the community and is used by 15 different organisations.

“There’s everything from Keep Fit, the Art and Craft clubs, cubs, scouts and guides to a weekly market” said Mrs Able.

Normally the committee holds events to raise money for the general upkeep for the hall but a great deal more money will be needed shortly to repair the roof and upgrade the toilets. The cost is estimated to be more than £50,000.