Cracker of a Christmas fair

HORSELL presented a double Christmas cracker as their now annual fair and sparkling Christmas Tree Festival teamed up to spread festive cheer throughout the village.

Members of the residents’ association have been busy beavering away in preparation for last Friday’s festivities, liaising with local business owners to help create a pre-Christmas market that had shoppers purring with joy.

DEB HAND – The Cricketers’ Debbie Eke, Clive Price and Helen Pillinge

DEB HAND – The Cricketers’ Debbie Eke, Clive Price and Helen Pillinge

Mulled wine and mince pies kept guests warm during the chilly evening while carollers both young and old banded together to fill the air with hymns and song.

Santa wannabe Graham Fagence (right) was the star attraction as he greeted children, and the odd excited adult, in his red and white trim suit.

Jams and preserves courtesy of Xenia Norman were picked up as stocking fillers and Christmas Day dinner goodies, while the boys from High Street butcher’s Prince & Sons made sure their meats met the impeccable standards expected at this time of year.

Donations were collected for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices and the evening rounded off with a grand raffle that saw lucky players scoop wonderful prizes – lightening the load on the Christmas list.

But the fun didn’t stop there, as the winter wonderland experience branched out, across to St Mary’s Church. Congregated at the church were around 90 bauble-and-tinsel-festooned trees displayed as part of the village’s Christmas Tree Festival.

“From what I saw it went more than well,” explained Horsell Residents’ Association chairman Tony Kremer.

“We didn’t have any hitches, lots of fun was had by all, and the stall holders did good business, which is what the night was about – getting people in to spend money in Horsell.

“Everybody was very happy with the performances from local groups and they were all well received.

“A lot of credit has to go to the Second Thursday Club, namely Fiona Banks, Robin Hoyle and Geoff Hughes who took charge of it all.”

Tony says the entire village gets behind the two events, which work closely to compliment each other.

He said: “The PTA of the schools run the Christmas Tree Festival and they do an exceptional job – we have people going back and forth between the events.

“It was great to have the mayor and Jonathan Lord in town and considering this is only our second time holding the event, we are very proud.

“We have a lot of fun putting it on, and we all found it very rewarding.”

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