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Christmas comes early for North Creake



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North Creake’s Christmas Fair in aid of St Mary’s parish church was about more than just an annual family gathering with mince pies, turkey and all the trimmings.

It was a combined effort with the addition of a large stall run by Hillside Sanctuary Centre volunteer fund-raiser and village resident, Val Smith.

The centre, based at West Runcton, is home to a wide range of some 4,500 saved animals including farm animals, shire horses that would otherwise be exported to the Continent and slaughtered for the table, alpacas, llamas, parrots, one camel and even a lone turkey that is guaranteed to live right through Christmas.

Church warden Janet Slegg (left) and Hillside Sanctuary volunteer, Val Smith, swop early Christmas stockings. MLNF-21PB11201 (53211448)
Church warden Janet Slegg (left) and Hillside Sanctuary volunteer, Val Smith, swop early Christmas stockings. MLNF-21PB11201 (53211448)

The event was mainly to raise money for the parish church and treasurer, Richard Elliott, said that despite the pandemic they had still managed to run three fund-raising events in aid of church funds since 2020.

“The money is to support the building, and to pay the amount of money we pay to the diocese which covers the rector’s salary and all the other expenses of the church”.

He added that they had had a continued fantastic and very generous support from the village and finances were in not too bad a shape.

Joint church warden, Janet Slegg, said that along with village resident, Vale Smith, whom she knew well, they had run many joint fundraising events attracting both supporters of the church and the sanctuary which increased the number of customers for both of them.



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