St George's Day - All Saints
Church Longstanton Fundraising Event.
again, our St Georges Day church fundraising fun day, sponsored by the Friends
of All Saints Church Longstanton was a great success, and we are grateful to all who came and supported the event. The sun
came out, ice creams were in abundance and we were all able to enjoy a sunny and warm afternoon of fun activities, stall browsing
and community engagement.
This is an annual event, with the sole
aim of raising much needed funds for the continued upkeep and modification of our local church building here in Longstanton.
As well as fundraising, we see our St
Georges Day event as an opportunity for us to get together as a community and welcome in the start of summer;
certainly by three in the afternoon, it felt like summer had well and truly arrived.
This is the thirteenth year of us sponsoring our church fundraising day and what always amazes us is
the incredible generosity of the local community. The event could not take place without their support, along with our regular
sponsors from the local business sector who, year-on-year, generously support us and our cause.
Once again we thank Brookfield Groundcare,
for the generous free loan of their transport for the day, allowing us to ferry to the event area all the necessary equipment
that makes these events work.
We are grateful for the anonymous
donation for our first draw prize of a ‘French Gite' for a week'
We also thank Linden Homes who made
a very generous donations of £100 towards our draw prizes and also the George & Dragon at Elsworth
who provided a ‘Dinner for Two' donation at their restaurant.
We are indebted to the Parish Council, and Longstanton Pavilion management for
the use of their facilities, and we also extend our thanks to the Army Cadets
for their sterling help getting Gazebos erected and activities set up, and providing First Aid care.
counting, but on the day we raised over £2,900, which is truly amazing.
As always, we were fortunate to receive some generous individual donations, and we wish to thank those
who recently contributed to our church modernisation project fund by donating through ‘BT
MyDonate' link on the Friends website.
it's not just about money and fundraising, it's about our community engagement and about those who support us from
behind the scenes, loaning us their gazebos, helping us set-up, running the various stalls, as well as giving their time,
energy and encouragement to make this popular occasion such a success.
This year is an important year for the Friends and the church. We have a long held view that unless we modernise
the interior of the church building by making it more accessible to the wider community, the church may, within a few years,
become a redundant building.
So, this year for the Friends, is
all about local fundraising and local engagement, as we seek to gain community support to modernise the church building here
in Longstanton for use not only by todays' community, but also for future generations.
The interest shown by those who visited us during our St Georges Day
event, as well as the significant funds raised, provides us with encouragement to make the church re-ordering
project a reality.
To all who engaged, came to see us, came to
help us, took part, donated, gave of their time, supported and encouraged us, your ongoing generosity has been, and continues
to be much appreciated.