Brentor’s Mistletoe Fair has been held on the first Saturday of December since 2012. It is a major fundraising event for the Village Hall and raises about £1000 every year.
The fair is run by a small group of organisers who book the hall and stalls, make items for sale on the Fair’s own stall and find volunteers to help on the day. Home-made food is provided all day and entertainment provided from a choir and a visit from Santa Claus.
The decorations for the fair are left up throughout the Chrismas season for the benefit of all users of the Village Hall.
The Mistletoe Fair held on Saturday
27th November was a departure from our usual annual event. Short and sweet but none the less successful. Our plans had to take account of Covid guidance and although we intended to put a marquee up outside to provide more space. Storm Arwen put paid to that!
Our hall looked beautifully festive and there was a nice selection of stallholders to tempt us to shop for Christmas gifts. The selection of refreshments had to be curtailed but Colin provided his special Gluhwein recipe for Robin and Dave to serve. This always ‘loosens the purse strings’.
Many thanks to all who provided help both before and on the day of the Fair. Additional help is always much appreciated.
Thanks must go to all those who came to support the Mistletoe Fair. Because of their generosity (and their Christmas shopping needs) the Fair raised over £1,400 that, as usual, has gone towards supporting our Village Hall and Playing Field. Without these big fundraising events, which take a great deal of effort to organise, these village facilities would not continue to survive.
Thanks also to the army of helpers on the day: those who toiled away in the kitchen and decorated the hall; the Gluhwein vendors, those who generously donated raffle prizes and of course the raffle ticket sellers. You all helped to make the day a success.
Mary Tavy & Brentor Community School Singing Group entertained visitors with some lovely Christmas songs and Santa visited with gifts for the children.
Everyone enjoyed the wide range of stalls selling decorations, soap, pottery, Brentor calendars, cards and other gifts. As always the food, which was provided all day, was wonderfully tasty and all home made. And all washed down with copious amounts of Gluhwein. The team of table clearers and washers-up was kept very busy!
The hall’s decorations included large bunches of mistletoe (courtesy of Glenys Mason) and huge amouts of fir and pine (from Margaret and Dave Calder). Thanks also go to the choir from the Mary Tavy and Brentor Community School and to Father Christmas who made a special early visit!
The event raised 0ver £1,350 and all profits from the event go to help run the Village Hall and Playing Field.
Many thanks to all who came to support the Mistletoe Fair and had, we hope, a good time in the process. Our thanks must go to the army of helpers both before and on the day.
Those who helped in the kitchen or decorated the hall; made cakes; the Gluhwein chefs; raffle prize donators & ticket sellers; Mary Tavy & Brentor School Singing Group; the young people who ably managed the Treasure Map and all who contributed to the success of the event.
We had a great day.