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We had a very successful Kirk Fair on Saturday 13th October, despite the weather which could hardly have been nastier! We are so grateful to all our friends, locals and the visitors too who braved the freezing wind and rain to come out and support us. Mind you there was plenty of good buying to be had, and a great atmosphere.

All our attractive stalls were well stocked and the produce and home baking lived up to their reputation.  It was a wonderful team effort by all who contributed and the stall holders on the day, inspired by our convener Mary Smith. 

  And how “plastic free” was this Fair?  No plastic was used on baking or produce, and no plastic bags were in use. A noticeable feature of this Fair was our customers all bringing their own bags for their shopping. A special mention to the gallant holders of the plant stall (out in the cold) who did a marvellous job.

  Every year we wonder if we can run a Fair again, but every year we are encouraged by Martinborough’s response and feel our efforts are well worthwhile. This traditional Kirk Fair is one of our key opportunities to meet and engage happily with the wider community – the now famous Midwinter Book Fair is another! The figure raised was up on last year and this money will be well used on First Church running costs and building maintenance. 

Looking ahead:

An event to note in your diary – On Advent Sunday the 2nd of December at 2.30pm there will be a Combined Churches of Martinborough service of lessons and carols, with the Martinborough String Quartet – in First Church, with afternoon tea in the hall afterwards. This will be a lovely time to begin to approach the Christmas season whatever it may entail for each of us. Do join us and bring a friend or neighbour!

Some thoughts: How about Loving, not in the hope of getting

                                       but for the joy of giving.

                                            Celebrating today as not just all we have

                                       But all we need.

                                       but all we need.

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