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A Charitable End to a Happy Year at Robert Gerrard

The Fyfield Festival

What nicer way to end the year than with a story about goodwill? Our Julie Robinson has had a busy year fundraising for her village church, and we thought it rightfully deserved a mention on the Robert Gerrard blog, especially during the season of goodwill.

Julie is chairman of the Friends of St Nicholas Church in Fyfield, Essex. This charity was formed with the aim of maintaining and restoring the historical and very beautiful, Grade II* listed, 900 year old Church of St Nicholas that can trace its origins back as far as the Domesday survey.

Buildings such as this are an important part of our heritage, and it is thanks to the charity, and its ever-faithful supporters, that the fundraising has so far proved very successful.

Julie and her fellow trustees organise numerous events throughout the year, and the wonderful thing about many of them is that they offer other fundraisers the opportunity to promote the causes that mean something to them too.

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Church of St Nicholas, Fyfield

 Events that Benefit Multiple Charities

One of the most recent events just last month was the Fyfield Village Hall Christmas market. People were invited to set up stalls for a small fee towards the church fund, and the great thing was some of the stallholders were also fundraising for other charities, such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Help for Heroes. So not only was £865 raised for the church: other charities got to benefit too.

May 2015 saw one of the bigger events of the year: the Fyfield Festival. Incorporating a dog show, a flower show and a barbeque, the event this year raised a total of £3,000, with the barbecue alone netting a whopping £500. We can only say, the burgers must have been awesome! Again the festival offered the opportunity for other charities to take stalls and do their own fundraising.

The Fyfield Festival

The Fyfield Festival: one of the many events held by the Friends of St Nicholas Church every year.

 Even the Great British Weather Can’t Stop the Fundraising!

The charity also arranged a cream tea day for one day during the summer. Now you’d think you’d be pretty safe in July, weather wise. But oh no, you can guess what happened … the most torrential downpour of the summer! There was nothing to worry about though, as the great British resolve came to the fore and the event was very well attended, raising £300. They even sold out of scones!

As if this wasn’t enough, Julie is also involved in various village charity events, including a monthly pensioners’ luncheon club. It’s a great opportunity for the older members of the community to get out and have a good chat over a nice two course lunch that is subsidised via fundraising. The oldest member of the club is 96!

Fyfield, EssexHelping the Friends of St Nicholas Church

The Friends of St Nicholas Church are aiming to raise £100,000 for the repair of the church roof, and are currently applying for a Heritage Lottery Grant. We wish them much luck. If you would like to get involved in helping to preserve the charming Church of St Nicholas in Fyfield, Essex, the Friends would love to hear from you.

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