from The Friends of All Saints Church
Once again, our St Georges Day church fundraising fun day was a great success and we are thankful to all who came and supported the event, sponsored by The Friends of All Saints Church Longstanton.
Despite, a bit of a damp start, the weather rapidly improved throughout the day, the sun came out, ice creams were in evidence 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, traditionally, we see our St Georges Day event as an opportunity for us to get together and welcome in the start of the summer season; certainly by three in the afternoon, it felt like summer had well and truly arrived.
This was our eleventh year of us holding this event and what always amazes us is the incredible generosity of the local community. It could not take place without the support of the Longstanton community and also our regular sponsors from the local business sector who, year-on-year, generously support us and our cause.
We thank Brookfield Groundcare, our key sponsors this year, who very kindly supported our main cash prize, as well as other prizes. We were also supported by Taylor Wimpey, the Longhorn Farmshop and Entire Group [based at Swavesey], who all made generous donations towards our fundraising efforts. As always, we are indebted to the Longstanton Pavilion management for the use of their facilities, the Air and Army Cadets as well as the wider community of Longstanton who each year, turn out on the day and help make it all happen.
We’re still counting, but on the day we raised over £1,900. As always we are 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.
But it’s not just about money, it’s also about 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 us their time and energy and encouragement to make this popular event such a success.
This year is an important year for the Friend’s 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, it’s all about local fundraising and local engagement as we seek 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 fun day, as well as the funds raised, always provides us with encouragement to make the church re-ordering project a reality.
Once again 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.