Lochinch Charity Christmas Fair

 

Lord and Lady Stair have a Christmas Fair, held in the stable yard of LochinchCastle, every year for charity. This year it was on the 8th and 9th of November and Coronation day centre was chosen to be one of the benefactors. The Centre was given space in the marquee for a sales table and a raffle table. Thankfully the weather dawned clear, albeit very cold, on Friday 8th of November and at lunch time the setting up began, with all the goodies being transferred from the centre to the castle. This was quite an operation as you can imagine, all in preparation of the opening at 3pm that very afternoon.

For weeks before hand generous members were donating wonderful gifts for the raffle.

They ranged from a basket of vegetables, a full car valet, various scents and bath goodies, chilli jams, wine and chocolates a scooter with safety wear and a rather lovely silver Claud Butler bike. Members, and the girls and boys of the kitchen staff, had also been very busy with home baking, scones, tray bakes, loaves of all descriptions and beautifully presented preserves. I know they tasted as good as the looked too. There was also a selection of baby wear which was all hand knitted and little hand knitted handbags or wash bags. The ladies scarves were very popular too. Although it was a cold evening there was plenty of mulled wine to give everyone a bit of inner glow. Saturday was also kind with the weather and the visitors just flocked to the Castle. They came from as far as Edinburgh in the north and London in the south, which is where the bicycle found its home. It was a lovely atmosphere, with people milling around carols being sung and Santa in his grotto. One could here his Ho Ho Ho and bell ringing out. It was all quite magical. The Day Centre itself raised over £1000, for which we are all very grateful. Thank you very much Lord and Lady Stair, the members and staff who gave of there time and energy and mostly to the folks who came along, in the cold on Friday evening and those who enjoyed the sunshine on Saturday and spent there money to help such worthy causes.

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