All the fun of the festive fair

Published: 8th December 2022

Over £1,800 raised from festive market fundraising
Wow what a fantastic day that was and we have just about recovered and thawed out!
This year’s Didcot Festive Market was another amazing success and we raised a record amount from our stall alone.
Sunday saw us and our friends Didcot Events take over the Orchard Centre Didcot and Station Road for our third Christmas Market, and what a way to start the festivities in the town.
It was packed from start to end, with the 10am opening seeing a huge flurry of visitors, and what a treat of a day it was for all.
From Santa arriving in style on horse drawn carriage to the live nativity farm, to over 50 stalls, balloon modelling, glitter tattoos, fair rides, wonderfully festive choirs and dance troupes and even a BBQ by the Broadways Didcot, it was a very cold but dry event. The weather gods was on our side once again.
The Deputy Didcot Mayor Cllr Axel Macdonald popped along and judged the best dressed stall with the winning trophy this year going to Pindy’s Samosas, while Didcot Fire Station won the Festive Window Display competition.
We had a huge tombola of hundreds of prizes and Santa was in his grotto giving it all his ho ho ho!
In total we raised over £1,800 this year at our stand outside Cineworld Didcot through our tombola, and pictures with Santa, and through a generous donation from Emma’s Glitter Tattoos and with balloon modelling by Twistopher we raised £1,811.64 in total!
Absolutely astonishing and even more so in these challenging times and all helping us in our work of changing, transforming and saving lives through supporting children, health and disability causes that we help.
Our local MP David Johnston MP – also our Patron visited the event and met many of the stalls, and we was delighted to catch up with him at our stall outside Cineworld.
It was a truly fantastic day. For Andy and Jeanette as the dynamic duo who organise it all, all the hard work, all the long hours, intensive months of planning and putting the event together and with
challenges thrown, it was worth the hard work. It was wonderful to see it repaid with such festive spirit from our town and community.
Our enormous thanks to all the organisers, the event helpers, sponsors, and all the thousands who turned out.
To Cineworld, Cornerstone, our entertainers including Vocalize Choir, Betty Bloom Dance, Rock Choir – Abingdon, Didcot, Oxford, Wantage & Witney, Elmaz Productions, Didcot Choral Society, The Dukes – Didcot Ukuleles. and to the Orchard Centre and to SODC, Farms2ewe Mobile Farm Ltd, Horse Drawn Occasions Ltd and everyone else who played a part.
Here are some of the pictures from a fabulously festive day.