Winter Bazaar/Fair

Variously called the ‘Bazaar’, or ‘bizarre’, tongue in cheek, and latterly the ‘Fair’ this, an annual Saturday event towards the end of November since the church opened in 1960, is an important social and fund raising occasion. The group of St Paul’s congregation activists, joined in recent years by friends from St Mary’s, with optimism and some foreboding meets early in the Summer to plan, then later once again to confirm the plans.  Finally there is a joyful  review meeting after the event to assess the results and to lay the basis for the next Fair, now nearly a year ahead! Much of the work goes on separately – making marmalade and chutney, pickling onions, gathering in donations of goods and raffle prizes, planning games and activities and selling raffle tickets. It reaches a crescendo in the last fortnight and it is a great relief when the Fair ends after midday with the grand draw results. It is traditional, after clearing up, to have a lunch recently fish and chips or sausages with some wine. The Fair is very much a Highfield community event and it remains a popular attraction.

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The uncertainties of COVID-19 have made it unrealistic to plan such an event for 2020. Instead there will be a Christmas Grand Draw, this being made by Penny Williams at St Paul’s after the morning service on 13 December and zoomed. The 20 prizes will include, ’Tea for Two’ at the Centurion Club, the St Mary’s Hamper, £50 cash, ½ case of red wine, ½ case white wine, Scotch, Rum, Gin Sherry, Port, Christmas Cake, Shortcake Biscuits, Christmas Crackers, various chocolates and vouchers.