Arts and crafts raise money for Shoreham church charities

editorial image

ARTS and crafts are still pulling the crowds, more than four decades later.

The 43rd Shoreham Methodist Church arts and crafts festival ran for six days last week, and organisers say, although the proceeds have not yet been fully totted up, they are on track to at least match last year’s £700.

Margaret Bedwell, member of the organising committee, which donates a proportion of profits to the church, and splits the rest between various causes and charities, said it was something of a community event.

She went on: “We seemed to have a had a fairly good trickle of people coming in.

“It was a really nice atmosphere, and people were saying they were enjoying it.”

Margaret added the festival had been founded by Molly Harvey, who sadly died in the late 1990s.

“She was a very well-known local artist,” she said, “On the Saturday, a lot of people said they remembered Molly.”

The organisers are all members of the church, which played host to about 13 stalls, selling crafts including greetings cards, jewellery and art, with a total of 250 paintings being listed in the catalogue.

“It is to showcase local artists, to showcase people who make crafts in the area,” said Margaret.

She went on to thank members of the Adur Art Club, who helped hang all the paintings.

The committee plans to meet in September, to hear the final proceeds total, and decide which charities to support with the funds.