Stanhoe’s third Christmas Food Fair in the village hall is going from strength to strength.
It has proved to be a popular attraction raising £3,000 in the first two years.
Started principally to raise funds for All Saints parish church it also helps to swell the coffers of the village hall itself.
The fair was the brainchild of residents Felicity Lyons and Jill Hargreaves. A constant stream of visitors were welcomed with a warming cup of mulled wine before being tempted by an array of Christmas foods, all prepared by residents of the village and the surrounding area, including members of the church congregation. “It’s all home-made. There were no professional cooks,” said Mrs Hargreaves.
There were Christmas cakes, puddings and mince pies, biscuits, home-made sweets, chutney and preserves, organic vegetables and a range of savoury foods as well as home-made Christmas decorations.
“It was the Rev Peter Cook’s idea. We wanted to put something on in the middle of the village,” said Mrs Lyons. “The village hall is the focal point of the village and we hope the event helps to bring the village together.”
She added that it was always a challenge to find the money for the upkeep of village churches and village halls. Mark Roche, chairman of Village Hall Trust, said their portion of the money raised would go towards renewing the heating and improving the lighting.