Rogate Christmas fayre raises thousands for good causes

Zoe Lobbenberg, ten and her brother Ben, eight, hanging up some of the  hand made crafts ks1500599-2
Zoe Lobbenberg, ten and her brother Ben, eight, hanging up some of the hand made crafts ks1500599-2

Dozens of people made their way to Rogate’s Christmas market, having fun while helping to raise thousands of pounds for charities at home and abroad.

The event raised more than £3,400 to be shared out among Stone Pillow, the Barnabas Fund and the Parish Emergency Fund.

A busy bric a brac stall ks1500599-6

A busy bric a brac stall ks1500599-6

People were queuing at the door of Rogate Village Hall before 10am, eager to get in to buy the exciting goods on offer.

The food stall was groaning under the weight of delicious homemade products while the ‘P’ stall was full of items beginning with ‘p’ and the toy stall had treasures to delight youngsters.

There were also craft activities, a stall displaying knitted articles made by talented residents and one of the most popular stalls - the bottle tombola.

Father Christmas arrived with his elf and was greeted by cheering and applause before being visited in his grotto by dozens of excited children.

The packed hall ks1500599-7

The packed hall ks1500599-7

Hot drinks, mince pies and lunches were provided by a hard-working team in the kitchen and visitors enjoyed sitting and having a chat over food and drink.

The team also organised a raffle, collecting prizes generously donated by local businesses.

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Father Christmas and his helper were on hand to give the children presents ks1500599-3

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John Noble has a go at guessing the name of the  rabbit with stall holder Audry Munday ks1500599-5

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Sisters Rachel Russell, six, and  Eleanor, two, making crafts with Mary-Anne Berrendt ks1500599-4

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