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Bishop's Stortford's Holly Fair supports charities across the world




Over 30 charities across the word are set to benefit from proceeds of Saturday's traditional Holly Fair at St Michael's Church in Bishop's Stortford.

The cash was set to be counted yesterday (Tuesday) before distribution to a range of local, national and international good causes. A spokeswoman said: "It was really successful and there was a lovely atmosphere." Visitors to the Windhill Churches Centre were also invited to climb the tower at St Michael's and see the ancient bells.

Charities set to benefit include the winter night shelter at Holy Trinity Church in South Street; Grove Cottage, the home of Mencap in London Road; the Portland Road Contact Centre where estranged parents can meet their children on neutral ground; and new for this year, CHIPS (Children's Integrated Playschemes in Bishop's Stortford) and the town's foodbank at the Methodist church in South Street.

The event, which included a large selection of hand-crafted holly wreathes for sale, a bottle tombola, stalls selling cakes, preserves, crafts, candles and Christmas presents and a raft of refreshments from bacon rolls to mulled wine and mince pies, also supports aid projects in Malta, India and Uganda. Each year the St Michael's Charities Support Group distributes more than £12,000, including the Holly Fair proceeds.

Raffle prizes were donated by town businesses including Studio Fifteen Hairdressing in Church Street and Fashion Flooring and Interiors and Timpsons in the High Street.

Saturday's events at St Michael's concluded with a carols service in partnership with the Herts and Essex High School.

* Next Sunday, December 9, at 3.30pm, the church will host Carols and Candelight with South Street funeral director Daniel Robinson & Sons. The second annual service of remembrance for those bereaved in the past year, with carols from Hillmead Primary School Choir, will be followed by refreshments in the churches centre.

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Windhill Churches Centre, Bishops Stortford. Holly Fair. Peter Rixon and Patricia Meadmore with Holly Wreaths. Pic: Vikki Lince (5747962) Windhill Churches Centre, Bishops Stortford. Holly Fair. Pat Matthews and Sue Halliwell. Pic: Vikki Lince (5747955) Windhill Churches Centre, Bishops Stortford. Holly Fair. Marta Urquhart, Veronica Brand, Jenny Klincke. Pic: Vikki Lince (5747948) Windhill Churches Centre, Bishops Stortford. Holly Fair. Sandy Jewiss and Barbara Eldridge with table decorations. Pic: Vikki Lince (5747904) Windhill Churches Centre, Bishops Stortford. Holly Fair. Rob Klincke with a chocolate tree. Pic: Vikki Lince (5747902) Windhill Churches Centre, Bishops Stortford. Holly Fair. Jacci Furner and Angela Weeks on the raffle stall. Pic: Vikki Lince (5747971)



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