Christmas cheer at Southwick Community Centre

Southwick Opera's bottle tombola with, from left, committee member Collette Dawes, Charlotte Green, committee member Marina Green and secretary Andrea Jones 'PICTURES: DEREK MARTIN DM15228402a
Southwick Opera's bottle tombola with, from left, committee member Collette Dawes, Charlotte Green, committee member Marina Green and secretary Andrea Jones 'PICTURES: DEREK MARTIN DM15228402a

SHINING stalls and glittering gifts filled Southwick Community Centre on Saturday for its sixth Christmas fair and open day.

The centre, in Southwick Street, Southwick, is celebrating its 70th anniversary and the fair helped raise funds towards improvements.

DM15228399a.jpg Christmas fair at Southwick Community Centre. Maggi Pierce left and Judith Berrill  - Wick Theatre Company. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-151129-200910008

DM15228399a.jpg Christmas fair at Southwick Community Centre. Maggi Pierce left and Judith Berrill - Wick Theatre Company. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-151129-200910008

Maxine Coomber, chairman and secretary of the Individual Members Section, said: “The centre was one of the first in the country after the second world war and has been run by volunteers ever since.

“The Christmas fair was enjoyed by everyone and we were very lucky with the weather, it was very kind to us.

“There were stalls manned by members of affiliated groups, who are always looking for new members, and stallholders in other rooms, some of them being their first time at the centre.”

Dance displays were given by two of the schools who use the centre and the Barn Café provided a comfortable place for refreshments.

Phoebe Cook, 17, one of the Southwick Players' elves 'DM15228432a

Phoebe Cook, 17, one of the Southwick Players' elves 'DM15228432a

Southwick Players arranged for Father Christmas to fly in with his reindeers to visit the children. They were also able to have a lucky dip on the Individual Members’ stall, which proved popular.

The fair was organised by Southwick Community Association secretary David Comber and to round it off, the grand draw, with 20 prizes, was drawn by vice presidents Michael Coomber.

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