Winter Wonderland a great success

Once again Greyfriars hosted a successful Winter Wonderland. Featured in pic Santa aka Robin Shields & his wife – elf, Gwen Shaw JP who was principal organiser this year, and the Rector. Not in photo but so central to the day’s success were  Gary McKie who transported Father Christmas by boat, Jim White our piper and so many others who ran stalls, catered in the Inner Wheel café, stewarded, provided goods and donations etc. Please see letter from Gwen Shaw. Over £900 was raised.


Dear Team

Thank you all so much for making yesterday a real success despite the biter weather.  William gave us the preliminary amount this morning in church, but no final figure yet as expenses have yet to be submitted.  However considering the current economic climate and a very cold day we did exceptionally well and as promised 10% of our final amount will go to Inner Wheel for their chosen charity.

Our thanks as a church must go firstly to Gary McKie for  bringing our Santa, Robin and his Elf Rose Shields and to Jim for his piping in such cold weather, thank you to you all for making the day for all those who flock to see this event.

We are all most grateful for the mince pies kindly donated by Tesco and the Coop, the wonderful ladies of the Inner Wheel, who baked and served in Greyfriars House, led by Rosemarie(soon to be an Inner Wheeler); a tradition I started in my year as President in 2016/17.

From Colin’s WW poster and his stall, to our bottle stall brilliantly set out and sold out by John and Andy, Sheila and her team of ladies baking and serving delicious homemade produce, our Bric a Brac stall that nearly sold out looked after by Louise, Ann and Bob, Hazel’s exquisite homemade gifts so beautifully made and last but not least Bishop Gordon and Sue taking care of the raffle and Guess the weight of the cake and to others who have contributed in any way.  The person I want to give a particular mention to is Doreen, who not only bought and wrapped all the childrens’ presents with Barbara, but in her own quiet way does so much for the church and especially in spite of her worries  with Alec being so unwell.  

I cannot let this opportunity go without saying how very much we shall miss Stephen and Hazel who have been so much a part of and central to our church community and will be so greatly missed, this their last Winter Wonderland.

Thank you so much, no event is ever a success without good team work and that is something Greyfriars has always been good at. 

In gratitude Gwen