West Norfolk councillor talks about importance of maintaining churches

Christmas Fair at St Faiths Church Gaywood In Picture organisers with ( Father Christmas)  Dave Swinton.
Christmas Fair at St Faiths Church Gaywood In Picture organisers with ( Father Christmas) Dave Swinton.
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Long-serving borough councillor Margaret Wikinson spoke of the importance of maintaining Norfolk’s historic churches when she officially opened St Faith’s Christmas Fair.

Mrs Wilkinson, who has served as a councillor for Fairstead on and West Norfolk Council for 32 years, said that events like Christmas, spring and summer fairs, staged by St Faith’s each year, helped to pay for the upkeep of the Gayton Road, 12th-century church building which Anglicans and Methodist congregations both use to worship.

After cutting the turquoise tinsel across the entrance to Gaywood Church Rooms on Saturday, Mrs Wilkinson chatted to those attending and stallholders as she toured the stalls and sideshows accompanied by St Faith’s team vicar, the Rev Dale Gingrich and Methodist minister the Rev Andrew Maguire, and is wife, Helen.

Fundraising chairman, Ann Ess, thanked everyone who had worked hard in arranging the fair and she she was delighted at the final total of almost £1,150. There was a wonderful, friendly family athosphere at the Fair as people browsed the stalls and chatted to friends.

“People were able to pick up a few pre-Christms bargains and then enjoy refreshments. We thank all those who came aong and supported the event,” said Mrs Ess.

Pictured above are fundraisers and participants at St Faiths Church.

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