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Xmas bazaar 2017 at Buckland St Mary

Wow, only a month to Christmas and the festivities have started already.  Yesterday was the Xmas Bazaar at Buckland St Mary village hall and we were on duty with the bric a brac stall again.  It’s surprising what people want to get rid of and give to us to sell, some really good stuff and some really not so good!!DSC01841

There were a couple of Xmas hats for sale, so I modelled one.  I really thought these would sell but no luck, so I will save them for our Xmas singing at the old people’s homes.

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Father Christmas was there seeing all the little children in his grotto.

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There were craft stalls and raffles, tombolas and cakes, all the normal stalls.

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Plus the usual afternoon tea service which always goes down well, especially with added cake!!

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We made £53.55 on our stall, not a great amount but £53.55 more than if we had stayed at home.  Overall £850 was raised for everyday church funds so a worthwhile effort.

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Staple Fitzpaine Church Fete 2017

On a glorious hot and sunny day today, we went to the Staple Fitzpaine church fete.  This village is approx. 3 miles from us and we often pass through it on the way to Taunton. The village fete was being held in the manor house,

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a lovely old house with a beautiful lake in the back garden.

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There were lots of stalls, the cake stall, the bottle tombola (Neil and I both won something), the coconut shy (Neil got a coconut first try), the book stall, skittles, bric a brac and ladies hats to name but a few, as well as the prerequisite burger stand and ice cream seller.

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The Wellington Silver Band were seated in the shade of a large tree and were playing when we went in.  It was lovely to hear them and we stopped a while in the shade.

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Later in the afternoon Punch and Judy were appearing and a dog show was taking place in the field, with afternoon tea being served in the walled garden.  How nice it would be to own a pile like that, and a wonderful setting for the Summer Church fete which is only held every 3 years.

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Selling Bric a Brac again

This Saturday just gone was the day of the Buckland St Mary Xmas fete and we were on the Bric a Brac stall again.  We had lots of stuff – some friends were moving house and had cleared out a lot of glass ware and crockery and we had lots of books and other donations too.  This is me behind our stall.

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Neil is a very good salesman and tries to sell mostly inappropriate things to people we know,  just for fun.  However we did really well and took £77.00 in 2 hours.

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Children had the chance to visit Father Christmas (a local man from the village who dressed up the part), and afternoon teas and cake were also on offer.

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There was a tombola stall, a craft stall, a picture stall amongst others together with the usual raffle (I won a Xmas pudding – home made). Altogether £945 was raised for the church youth worker, so a good effort all round, and an early December start to get us in the Christmas mood.

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Buckland St Mary Summer Fete 2015

Saturday saw the annual Buckland St Mary Summer Fete take place.  We were so lucky as the sun shone and we have a glorious day for it.  Neil’s sister Carole came down to help on the book stall.  We raised £72.80 which isn’t bad when you think we were selling paper backs for 50p!

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There were lots of other stalls including a cake stall where I bought a delicious lemon drizzle cake.

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The afternoon tea and cakes proved very popular.

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Over £1200 were raised altogether which goes towards funding our youth worker.

The summer Fete was a great social occasion in the village, a good time to meet up with friends and neighbours and have a chat in the sunshine.

Next week it is the Duck racing so watch this space for news of that!!

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Buckland St Mary Xmas fete 2014

Twice a year Buckland St Mary holds fetes or bazaars – once in the Summer and once in the Winter and this weekend it was the turn of the Xmas fete held in the village hall.

For the fifth year running Neil and I were on the Bric a Brac stall, basically trying to sell people other people’s junk!! Quite a hard sell!!

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I had also made some Xmas gift tags and lavender bags which I put on our stall to boost sales.  We had a lot of soft toys to sell and I was amazed at how many little boys purchased them, then used them to beat up their friends!

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We managed to raise £51.57 in 2 hours so not too bad.  It was quite well attended but perhaps not as busy as previous years, perhaps lots of people were out getting their Black Friday/weekend bargains.

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There were craft stalls,  a card stall, a raffle and a hamper raffle, a tombola, a cake stall, a produce stall amongst others.  And also there was Father Christmas in his grotto for the kiddies.

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The teas and cakes always go down well.  I had a chocolate éclair with mine!!

Neil was trying to sell a funny England hat all afternoon.  This is our friend Mike modelling it.

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All fun and games in the country and fundraising into the process.

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Buckland St Mary Fete 5th July 2014

Yesterday afternoon was the Buckland St Mary church fete in the grounds of Buckland House. Once again we were running the book stall.  We had so many donations of books we could hardly fit them in the car to take them down there, and we took 2 extra tables from home to display them on. This is me at the book stall.

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We did really well raising £80 which in these days of Kindles we reckon is very good.  Our key selling point was 5 paper back books for £2.00.  So if someone had 3 or 4 books, we would urge them to make it up to 5 to get a bargain.

The fete was well attended and the sun came out in the afternoon which always encourages people to attend.

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There were afternoon teas, a cake stall, a bottle tombola, a bric a brac stall, skittles, a plant stall and a stall with games like “The Cube” which proved popular, as well as other craft stalls.

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The fete is an annual event and the money raised goes to the church.  It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and friends from the local area.  The only problem was all the books left unsold which we had to take home and store in the garage.  We shall take them little by little to Ferne Animal Sanctuary shop so they can sell them and get the proceeds.

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Buckland St Mary Xmas Bazaar 2013

Saturday afternoon was the Buckland St Mary Xmas Bazaar.  This is where Father Christmas puts in his first appearance of the season.  Funny how he looked different to Father Christmas last year!!  Think he had done something different with his beard!!

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Neil and I were manning the Bric-a-Brac stall again.  It’s not easy selling other people’s junk!  Especially when you can only charge 50p or £1.00 per item generally.  The most we took on a single item was £3.00.  We made just £38.60, still it’s more than we would have made if we hadn’t turned out!!

Neil delighted in trying to sell inappropriate items to our friends.

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He even managed to sell a game called Saints and Sinners to the local parish priest.

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There was a good turnout of people and quite a few stalls.  The teas and cakes always does well as does the produce stall and the cakes and pastries stall.  There were 2 raffles, a tombola, guess the name of the giraffe, greetings cards, jewellery and quite a few other stalls too.

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All in all a bit of fun.  We then had to pack up all the left over stuff and now we need to take it to a local charity shop and hope they can sell the stuff we couldn’t sell!!

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Buckland St Mary Church Fete

Saturday was the Buckland St Mary church fete.  It was glorious sunshine and the fete was held in the ground of Buckland House in the open so we were really lucky with the weather.  Last year it poured with rain all day and we held the fete in the church.

I was on the book stall again, with Neil’s sister Carole who had come down for the weekend.

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It was a bit slow selling books, maybe because many people have a kindle these days, but we raised £47.50.  My friend Sandra was on the bottle tombola which is always popular.

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Our next door neighbour was one of the ladies on tea and cake which again always sell well.

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There was a cake stall, a jam stall, children’s tombola, bric-a-brac, jewellery, crafts, plants, cards and skittles. I won a plant in the raffle and Carole won a hamper. At 3 pm our Buckland Community choir did a few numbers.

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All in all we raised £1700 which is not bad for 2 hours in the afternoon.

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Xmas comes early to Buckland St Mary

Yesterday was the Christmas bazaar held in Buckland St Mary village hall.  For the third year running Neil and I were on the Bric-a-brac stall.  When we arrived in the morning to set up there was already loads of “Stuff” in boxes on our table for us to sort out.  In fact we had heaps of stuff and wondered how we were going to sell it all.

The bazaar was opened by Father Christmas at 2.15pm.

He has “Mother Christmas” there to help him sort our which little kiddie is going in to see him next!!

We had a great assortment of things on our stall:-  mugs and coasters, gloves, bags, plates, pictures, jewellery, books, draw liners etc to name but a few.

The funniest thing was someone had knitted some mittens and donated them, but they were both the left hand!! May be someone else is wandering around with 2 right  hand ones.

In spite of the heavy pouring rain the bazaar was well attended. There were raffles and cream teas, a bottle tombola  and the brownies were wandering around with “name the reindeer” so lots to raise money from.  We made £68.50 on our stall, just better than last year.

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The only down side to running the bric-a-brac stall is that you have to clear up whats left afterwards.  We boxed everything up and are going to take it all into Chard to the Ferne Animal Sanctuary Charity Shop tomorrow.

This was the first of various activities to look forward to in Buckland St Mary in the run up to Xmas.

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Buckland St Mary church fete July 2012

On Saturday it teemed with rain all day long.  What a day to be the  date of the Buckland St Mary church fete this year.  Luckily this was to be held inside the church instead of in the grounds of Buckland House as in previous years, so someone must have had some forethought to keep us dry.

Hubby and I were running the book stall.  It was a challenge setting up all the books we had across the pews, a bit difficult to display them to their best, but we had a go.

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We didn’t do  badly taking £65.00 inspite of the lower than usual turn out in the rain. Mind you we were selling paper backs at only 50p each so everyone who came along got a bargain.  Neil’s sister had come down to visit us and she not only brought us loads of books but also helped out on the stall.

Neil’s sister Carole at our book stall

There were quite a few other stalls, bottle tombola, bric a brac, jams and marmalade stall, plant stall, cake stall to name a few and afternoon tea and cake was also on offer.  So inspite of the weather we had a good time. Neil and I were left with quite a few books, so we took them down to the Ferne Animal Sanctuary charity shop in Chard on Monday morning, so they can sell them and make some money. We were the right people to ask to do the book stall and as both Neil and I love books and have several bookcases of them in our home.  We also offer our B&B guests to browse our books as they are on the landing outside the guest bedroom. If you want to see for yourself,visit us at www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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