5,000 down on the farm for Christmas

Max Everatt with his Santa fire wood

Max Everatt with his Santa fire wood

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A CROWD of around 5,000 turned up for the Christmas Fayre at Whirlow Hall Farm – one of its biggest fundraising events of the year.

“It was absolutely packed,” said fundraiser and events organiser Lisa Clowes. “The weather held out and there was a really nice Christmassy feel.”

About 100 stallholders were in the lambing shed and cow barn on Sunday, and many visitors took the chance to buy Christmas gifts and to order turkeys and trees.

Among the visitors were Deputy Prime Minister and Hallam MP Nick Clegg and his family.

The fayre raises money for the farm trust, which was set up in 1979 to provide a ‘classroom in the countryside’ for children, many from the inner city.

Fundraisers need to generate £300,000 a year to the running costs and admit that they, like other charities, are finding it tough in the current economc climate.

A ladies’ wreath-making day is being held on December 12 and a table centre decoration course on December 13, both run by Kath Vickers of Flora in Ecclesall Road. Carols by Candlelight will be held in Ecclesall Parish Church in Ringinglow Road on December 14.

The farm shop is now open every day.