Our annual Christmas Café took place on Saturday 9th December, a little earlier than in previous years, but it set the scene for the festive season in characteristic Stratford fashion with a lively atmosphere filled with delicious smells and tastes. The Reading Room was full and the festive fare went down a treat as did the offerings on the produce and gifts table. Raffle tickets were also popular, with a groaning prize table full of donated gifts so the odds were excellent. The star prize was a festive food hamper, which was won by Margaret Beisly. More photos can be found here.
The event was held to kick start the funding of a defibrillator in the village to benefit the whole community. This has largely been the brainchild of Liz Waterman, and was enthusiastically endorsed by all those involved in the Village Cafes. The aim is to locate the equipment at the Reading Room, where it will be easily and quickly accessible to anyone who may be in need of it in the community, but of course it requires funding to purchase, install and maintain it.
The project got off to a fantastic start with a whopping total of £1100 raised from the sale of food, produce and raffle tickets at the event, topped up with the addition of a couple of generous donations. This topped the total raised last year, so a gratifying result, and many thanks to all those who worked so hard to organise such an enjoyable event.
For anyone who wishes to make a donation towards the Defibrillator fund, envelopes for cheque donations can be obtained from Heather Balston, Arnold Harrison and Liz Waterman. Cash donations can also be given to any of these people who will make sure it is paid in.