Reporter J White
A 'Summer Fair' took place at St Andrew's Church, Bedford Street, Crewe on Saturday 8th July 2017.
The Fair was an opportunity to showcase the numerous uses of the church and the adjacent church hall. Therefore the stalls setup were from an array of ages and interests including St Andrew's Scouts with a challenge to erect a tent in the fastest possible time, St Andrew's Rainbows and Brownies with make a kite, Diamonds with a buried treasure game, parishioners with a Cut cards 4 chocolate game, TAPPS (The Andrews Panto & Plays Society) with the take the lemon challenge, a parishioners cake stall plus guess the weight of the cake, handmade cards for sale by parishioner Andrea Davies, and children’s face painting. There was live entertainment inside the church featuring a dance display by Fink Theatre Academy who use the hall every week, music from Phil Houghton on the church organ and music from Pick & Mix with Fred Allman on vocals and Chris White on vocals and ukulele. Refreshments were available both indoors and outdoors.
St Andrew's is currently looking at the feasibility of building a new parish community centre on the site of the present church hall on Bedford Street. Visitors to the event had the opportunity to discuss with representatives from Cheshire East Council's Communities Team and the Church's Parochial Church Council, what they would like to see in the new centre and a Putting Residents First questionnaire was also available for people to submit their views.
Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of St Andrew, Reverend Lynne Cullens said, “It's been great to see so many members of the local community coming through the door today to have a go on the stalls, eat some of the delicious food that's on offer and to get involved with the kids activities. It's been a fantastic opportunity too to let the wider community know about the groups, activities and support that's available both here in St Andrew's Church and at the Parish Hall every day of the week. If anyone would like to help us take forward the redevelopment of the new community centre by giving some time to the steering group or helping us with consultation events such as the one today, then please get in touch on 01270 569000."