On Sunday, 10 June a new and hugely successful Summer Fair took place at the Annunciation Church in Chesterfield. In addition to the traditional bottle, cake, bric-a-brac and plant stalls, the event offered a wide variety of activities in the parish centre and presbytery gardens – something for everyone. The indoor activities included Face Painting, Nail Art, Arts and Crafts, a Peg Game, Number Game and Soft Toy Tombola, as well as Name the Rabbit and Guess the Weight of the Cake. Outdoors, in the beautiful summer sunshine, younger guests enjoyed a bouncy castle, fun sports, children’s games and a high point of the day was the Egg and Spoon Race between Fr Adrian, Sr Jacinta, Fr Thomasz and Mgr Carvalho. The jury is still out on the winner!
Hungry stomachs were filled from a delicious spread of hot and cold food inspired by recipes from around the world, including Indian, Polish and Filipino dishes. For those with more conservative taste buds, sausage and bacon sandwiches were in plentiful supply, and Frederick’s Ice Cream van was popular with adults and children alike. The chocolate fountain also did a roaring trade, along with toasted marshmallows, sweets and fresh fruit for those wanting a healthier option. A popular bar served hot and cold drinks for thirsty guests throughout the day.
The packed programme of entertainment included a wonderful performance by the choir from nearby St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, a Sari demonstration by the talented Indian community and some breath-taking Irish dancing.
Parish priest, Fr Adrian Tomlinson said, “This wonderful event was an unparalleled success – and a celebration of the vibrant cultural community within the recently formed Parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace. Many thanks to all those involved in planning and organising this new venture for our parish, as well as everyone who came and helped or supported in any way on the day. The fact that we raised £2,600 is amazing, but to me it was more about bringing our parish community together as a family, and in this respect it has been astounding!”