THE festive season is in full swing around the Midhurst and Petworth area.
Tillington’s weekend Christmas fair in the village hall was well-attended, as always.
Resident and organiser Gerald Gresham Cooke said: “The fair was a tremendous success, making more than £2,600.
“We were so excited by all who came with a wonderful community spirit and great fun was had by all. The silent auction and raffle prizes were kindly donated, with a basket of fresh vegetables given by Russell Noakes of Fresh of Billingshurst.”
Meanwhile Rogate’s market made around £3,400. Organiser Philippa Hill said: “Proceeds from the market will be used to support extremely worthy charities at home and abroad, including Home Start, the Farming Community Network, the Chichester Diocese West Africa Link and the parish church emergency fund.”
And it wasn’t just humans enjoying the festive merriment – assistance dogs at Canine Partners also got involved in the charity’s first-ever winter market, welcoming some 200 people and raising around £2,000. Holly Bryan, events and challenge coordinator, said: “Thank you to everyone who attended our market and made it a magical evening.
“The money raised will go towards training more assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities.
“We hope everyone had as much fun as we did, and we can announce that we will be running the event again in 2015.”
Petworth House also hosted its ninth annual Christmas fair, which saw more than 110 stallholders and 3,500 shoppers attending the two-day charity event.