Chichester hosts Village Fair in the Heart of the City

James Dilling, nine, has a try at bobbing for apples, watched by Mattheew Creswick, 11. C111088-1
James Dilling, nine, has a try at bobbing for apples, watched by Mattheew Creswick, 11. C111088-1

There was plenty of traditional fun on offer when St Paul’s Church held its summer fair.

Dubbed the Village Fair in the Heart of the City, the event generated lots of community spirit with people eager to get involved with activities such as the coconut shy and apple bobbing as well as plate smashing and the tombola.

Preparation started weeks ago when male and female members of the congregation of all ages dusted off their sewing machines to make some festive bunting which was made using recycled clothing and odds and ends of wool.

On the day, between 250 and 300 visitors enjoyed warm and sunny weather as they browsed the stalls and enjoyed refreshments.

An accordion player provided entertainment throughout the day, with visitors also enjoying performances by the St Paul’s Barbershop Troop.

A fire engine and crew from the station just around the corner paid a visit and the cake stall did a roaring trade throughout the afternoon.

The event raised more than £1,200 which will go towards the church’s fundraising appeal for building improvements.