This year’s Friends of St Peter’s Christmas Craft Fayre was one of the most successful yet, with a big increase in visitors and a total of £1345 raised for the repair and conservation of St Peter’s Church. A very generous donation of £200 from Midland Quarry took the total to £1545.A very jovial Father Christmas arrived at Thornton Community Centre on the back of a steam traction engine. It was a real joy to see Colin Harris driving the engine around the village with Father Christmas waving to folk as he passed by.The 21 stalls displaying a whole host of beautiful items, many homemade from knits, bags, pictures and calendars to decorations, jewellery, bird boxes, and chopping boards, were a delight to see. Visits to Father Christmas in his grotto, and activities and crafts in the children’s corner were enjoyed by many. Martin’s Christmas quiz was as popular as ever and provided much conversation and speculation. The usual cake stall, tombola and raffle were very well supported by everyone and there was many a bargain to be found on the Bric a Brac stall. The café proved so popular that the kitchen ran out of food – especially the delicious bacon cobs! Comments from the visitors and crafters alike were all about the friendly happy atmosphere that pervaded the day. Indeed all the crafters replied with a resounding ‘Yes’ when asked if they would like to book a stall next year.A huge thank you to the stall holders, helpers and visitors alike, who supported this joyful event. A lot of hard work and effort but well worth it all.The magnificent sum of money raised will help with the repairs to the church roof after thieves stole about 1 ton of lead in October. Thank you.