The mild dry weather helped record numbers of people enjoy this year’s Charmouth Christmas Fayre. Santa’s Grotto, Punch & Judy, carol singing in the church and activities organised by traders up and down The Street attracted local people of all ages.
In total £570.60 was raised and this will be added to the Traders Community Fund.
This Community Fund is used to pay for the village fireworks, Christmas lights, costs of future events, with any surpluses given to local groups, such as Shoreline magazine. More than £5,000 has been distributed in this way.
Most of the event costs are paid for as sponsorship by the local businesses, rather than from the money raised. For example nearly all the prizes for the raffle and games were donated by Charmouth Stores, Morgans, Breeze, Fortnum Smith & Banwell, as well as the other shops and businesses and volunteers at the Library and Church.
This year the raffle produced a £233 profit, mulled wine and mince pies in Fortnums £96, Charmouth Stores Tombola, wine, beer and nibbles £216, Turkey rolls £125, with £80 from the guessing games in other shops, and from the Church and Library activities. With these and other income the costs of the entertainment were met and £570 raised for future community events.
Many thanks to Phil and Carol Tritton, Teresa Noel, and all the traders for organising the event.