Towering success at Upper Cam St George's Church Fete to raise funds for the Tower Appeal
AN UPPER Cam church fair raised more funds towards the vital repairs of the church tower.
St George’s Church Fete was a towering success, raising over £1,500 on Saturday, September 21.
The popular event raises vital funds for the Church Tower and Fabric Appeal, which needs to raise £68,000 by March to start repairing crumbling mortar on the tower stonework of the Grade 1 listed building.
The longstanding appeal has been well supported by the congregation and community.
Church press officer Richard Elliott said the fete had gone really well and the weather had been kind to them.
"We were delighted to welcome large numbers of people and managed to raise over £1500 towards the Tower Appeal," he said. "Overall the day was very successful – in terms of the money raised towards the appeal, the happy faces to be found everywhere and the opportunity to welcome so many people to our lovely church."
Children enjoyed fair games and there were a wide variety of stalls.
Pony rides provided by a member of the congregation, Liz Fleming, proved to be a particular highlight with many delighted children processing around the churchyard in the afternoon.
Mr Elliott said the Tower Appeal was progressing steadily but there was still a considerable sum left to raise.
"So far, we have raised around £48,000, so have around £20,000 still to find," he explained. "It is a major challenge for a small country church, but one we must meet – the present building dates from the 14th century and we are acutely aware of our responsibilities for this very important and historical building."
A fundraising concert by the Gloucester Salvation Army Band in aid of the Tower Appeal is being held at the church on Friday, October 18 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the door at £10 for adults and £5 for children.
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