I’ve just spent a delightful morning helping out at a local Christmas Fair. The event, organised by Sarah Baxter at St Hughes Church, Baildon, was organised to raise funds to support disadvantaged people in the local community. This building is used as a community centre and offers space for services and groups that meet the needs of families living close by as well as supporting the local primary school and organising a food bank. What would we do without this kind of local support.
Though I must admit it was rather like stepping back in time to my childhood when events like this were commonplace and looked forward to. I can remember being given a small amount of money and let loose to spend it on whatever I wanted. This meant I was very choosy and took ages before I parted with my money. One of my favourite games was a sand tray filled with eggs. Now the vast majority of the eggs had been ‘blown’ and were therefore empty but if you picked up one that was hard boiled you won a prize. I also loved the ‘bran tub’ because this meant you won a prize every time. The prizes were only ever little trinkets but the thrill of delving around in the sawdust to find a wrapped gift, squishing and squeezing it to try and work out what it was before pulling it from the tub because once in the open air this was the gift you were committed to. I don’t ever remember being disappointed.
So today was a lovely day and I manned the book stall that from the off was incredibly busy with both adults and children buying books. I just love the sense of community with volunteers from the church and craft group and the local residents coming along to support their efforts. This is community spirit at its best.
And Father Christmas – even if it is only mid November!