Biggleswade rallied together to help the homeless on Saturday, as the annual fayre raised an impressive £5,300 for charity.
The St Andrew’s Church Country Fayre saw visitors from all over Bedfordshire come to have fun and support a good cause, as the community raised money for the Amicus Trust and King’s Arms Project.
Punters were treated to an array of exciting stalls, competitions, tombolas and eateries, after the two Bedfordshire charities were chosen by the church committee as they witnessed a worrying rise in food banks.
Committee member Douglas Black said: “Each of these charities actively supports those who find themselves on the margins of society for a variety of reasons and they endeavour to help individuals regain some stability and self-worth.
“There was an excellent turnout and the sun was shining all day. We would like to thank everyone who came to support the local charities, as the money can be kept in the area to help the needy.”
Meanwhile, there was entertainment for everyone, as choirs, dance teams, food and garden stalls, and a chocolate tombola were in the church grounds, and anyone needing to let off steam was welcome to enjoy the ‘smash the crockery’ stand.
“‘Smash the crockery’ was great, as we like to get rid of as much of it as possible!,” laughed Douglas.
“There was also some delightful singing from the Edward Peak Singers and the Harmony and Community Choir, plus some wonderful dancing displays from St. Andrew’s School, Courtyard, Baby Ballet, as well as many other great performances.”
Meanwhile, there was a chance to celebrate the town, as the Our Biggleswade, Our Community exhibition saw local clubs and societies provide interesting artifacts and displays in St Andrew’s Church, including a trip down memory lane with images of the old Hitchin Street Windmill.
The money raised will be split equally between the two charities, and in the new year the church committee will decide which causes they will be supporting at the 2016 event.
To get involved, visit the St. Andrew’s Church website for more information http://www.biggleswadeparishchurch.co.uk
See Friday’s Biggleswade Chronicle for more photos.