Mawgan Church summer fair: PICTURES

Mawgan Church summer fair: PICTURES

Mawgan Church summer fair: PICTURES

First published in Cornwall

Despite a few drops of rain Mawgan Church summer fete went ahead on Saturday as planned.

Taking place outside for the whole afternoon, there was lots to attract everyone in the extended families that visited.

The crowds came and stayed, played the large variety of games and spent money to generate a wonderfully successful result of more than £1,250 raised for church funds - exceeding previous record takings by £250.

The church bells rang out at 2pm before Julian Rand, the village's newly honoured MBE who runs Glebe Hall Cottages in Mawgan with his wife Ali, opened the event.

He went on to make an appearance in the stocks, which were run by Ali, while their son Alex, having gleefully thrown wet sponges at his father, worked hard all afternoon making loom band bracelets and necklaces to order.

The cake and produce stall sold out rapidly and every game and stall did a brisk trade for the full two and a half hours.

The road was closed, contributing to a relaxed and happy environment for everyone to wander around.

Young children queued to hook ducks out of the paddling pool or squirt them off the range with a water pistol, while both children and adults competed on the hoopla, marble game, “bowling for a chicken” and many guessing games. The highest earning games were the children's duck games, closely followed by guessing the age of Chris Roberts' tractor.

Inside the church Chloe-Ann Roberts entertained with her singing, Mawgan Art Group displayed paintings and cards, and church tours and bell ringing taster sessions were available.

The cake decorating competition was won by Carole Rowbotham with her “flip-flops on the beach” cake. All the entries were auctioned and keen bidding, including telephone bids from those up the top of the tower, raised over £40 in total.

Nellie Sobey's team was again run ragged serving a record amount of refreshments, including an impressive array of cakes, pastries, scones and savouries. Running out of milk did not prove a problem, with Mawgan Stores handy for more supplies.

The climax to the afternoon was again teddy bears (and other soft toys) parachuting from the church tower. Following last year's panic, when some ended up on the church roof, they were all safely attached to a zip wire - or so the organisers thought. One teddy still broke loose and had to be rescued from the roof.

This event continued throughout the prize giving, which took some time with so many games and events having taken place.

A spokesperson for the church said: “The church would like to thank the many people from Mawgan and beyond who worked so hard both before the event and on the day, running the stalls and games and marshalling the road closure.

“Their contribution to such a happy and enjoyable afternoon is much appreciated. Special thanks also to the many businesses who kindly donated items as prizes and the people who came and spent so generously to produce such an exceptional result.”

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8:51am Sun 17 Aug 14

Helston John says...

Looks like fun , I would like to try bell ringing.
Looks like fun , I would like to try bell ringing. Helston John
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