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Treats on offer at Horndean festive fair

The rain on Saturday did not keep people away from the Christmas event held at Merchistoun Hall in Horndean 

It's a family affair - (left to right) Tamara Banks (28), from The Holiday Arts Workshop based at Merchistoun Hall , Sid Banks (65) and Trish Banks (62) 

Picture: Malcolm Wells (123853-9513)

The rain on Saturday did not keep people away from the Christmas event held at Merchistoun Hall in Horndean It's a family affair - (left to right) Tamara Banks (28), from The Holiday Arts Workshop based at Merchistoun Hall , Sid Banks (65) and Trish Banks (62) Picture: Malcolm Wells (123853-9513)

DELICIOUS cakes and beautiful hand crafted jewellery were just some of the treats on offer at a Christmas fair.

Youngsters from volunteering group The Crew organised the event at Merchistoun Hall, Portsmouth Road, Horndean, on Saturday.

The event raised just over £300 for the Holiday Arts Workshop which gives young people aged five to 13 training in the arts.

Tamara Banks is the workshop co-ordinator based at Merchistoun Hall.

She said: ‘It was a brilliant day. The atmosphere was so warm and festive.

‘I’m sure the rain did keep some people away but we had a steady few through the door and they enjoyed themselves.

‘There was so much there – a very jolly Father Christmas made an appearance.

‘People were able to pick up lots of lovely gifts ranging from knitting and jewellery to handmade candles in oak holders.

‘The tombola and raffle were very popular and Peter Relph entertained with his acoustic guitar.

‘He sang lots of traditional carols and also his own version of pop songs.

‘One of the things that people loved was the scale model train set which included Ropley, Alton and Arlesford train stations.’

There is a wide and diverse programme for those taking part in the holiday workshops.

The schoolchildren learn skills including making and editing films.

They are taught how to write scripts, news articles, and put together Powerpoint presentations.

Tamara said: ‘We have a stage and for drama they actually learn how to use the stage properly and the correct terminology for things.

‘It’s not just about putting on shows, they learn how to do it properly.

‘In art we teach them lots of different techniques.’

The Crew is a group of former workshop members who are too old to take part now. Their job now is to help plan the workshops and do fundraising.

Tamara added: ‘They were in charge of organising the Christmas fair and they did an excellent job.’

A charity band night is being held on December 1 at Merchistoun Hall.

It is for under 18s and is from 6pm to 10pm. Tickets cost £3.

Call on (023) 9259 7114 for more details.

 

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