Music, lights and laughter filled Broad Street for the annual Christmas Fair.

A new feature this year was the mini Ferris wheel, emblazoned with festive lights, which continually took pairs of children up and over the street to look down on the hectic activity.

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The new Christmas street lights, organiseded by the Parish Council, and the superbly illuminated Christmas tree added to the jolly atmosphere.

The warm dry evening, enhanced by a moon, encouraged crowds of villagers to flock to the Fair, where they had a huge variety of food and drink to sample.

Another innovation was the tea tent, manned by Take 5 from St. Andrew’s church, who supplied hot drinks, soup and cakes for customers to enjoy at the tea tables.

Stalls selling a multitude of gifts, games to play, and prizes to be won on tombola or the village raffle encouraged customers to support local organisations with their cash.

Skilful and energetic dancing was displayed by the Mendip Morris Men, not distracted by the many children imitating or trying to join in.

Congresbury Brass Band accompanied the carol singing.

In the War Memorial Hall, craftspeople displayed superb examples of their skills, from woodturning, glasswork, needlework, plants, toys and jams and jellies.

There were plenty of customers taking their pick from a splendid display of table centres, made by St. Andrew’s church flower group.

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Many local businesses and organisations donated prizes for the giant raffle, which was drawn by Adam Preese, chairman of the Scouts & Guides Executive committee.

The whole event raised £1,579 for the Congresbury Scouts & Guides, a larger amount than the previous year.

Organisers Mel Smith and Catherine Grievson, from the Scout & Guide committee, thank all the villagers for their excellent support.

Marion Johnson

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