Prizes entice patrons out of cold
ST Mary's Hall was filled to the brim on Saturday afternoon, as people traded the blustery weather outside for the warm confines of the hall for the Parish Ladies Spring Cent Sale and Afternoon Tea.
A huge assortment of prizes adorned a long table in the hall as guests attentively waited for their numbers to be called so they could collect their prizes.
Organiser Shirley Owens said the event had been a hit over the years and she was ecstatic to see the community get behind the event yet again this year.
She said the great selection of prizes and the miserable weather had helped ensure the event's success.
"The number of people here is great and it's even bigger than last year," Mrs Owens said.
"People like the gifts we have. We have great prizes this year and the girls have really excelled themselves."
Mrs Owens said there weren't many strangers seated in the hall on Saturday, with many people returning year after year for the event.
Among the varied mix of prizes were some special plant products, grown at the hands of a well-known local priest.
"Father Terry Hinkling is a very keen gardener and this year he has given us a large number of pot plants to give away," Mrs Owens said.
Young helpers Ben Lyons, Matthew Henry and Bonnie Howard volunteered their afternoon to hand out prizes to the lucky winners.
During the afternoon, guests were also treated to a delicious array of homemade cakes and sweets and steaming cups of tea and coffee.