FOGM trustees were out in force at the annual ‘Christmas party in the car park’ in Marnhull on December 14, enjoying a lovely evening of festive fun! This local community event is a well-attended pre-Christmas celebration event which is held on an annual basis. The event is well-organised and the result of a lot of work by two trustees, Steve and Ann. The evening was characterised by a series of stalls selling handicrafts and local produce with burgers and ‘vin chaud’ available to warm all those who visited. The Marnhull Community Choir sang Christmas Carols at regular intervals to set the evening’s festive tone and provide uplifting punctuation.
Each stall contributed a fee to FOGM, with all the profits from the burger stand going to our charity. In addition, trustees manned an extensive stall for FOGM which had an extensive Tombola (well-provisioned as a direct result of Ann’s persuasive efforts) and a further offering of wooden garden planters, bird boxes and bug hotels from the workshops at HMP Guys Marsh – plus an eclectic mix of Christmas paraphernalia (including wooden Snowmen available for adoption/purchase, in different sizes and FOGM Christmas cards). Thanks to Mary-Ann’s and Bobbi’s powers of persuasion, the Tombola raised over £300! In spite of a combination of Shaun’s (and Carol’s), Giles’s and Phil’s best efforts, the FOGM handicraft stall still managed to raise almost £100. With the Marnhull Village Hub also selling goods on FOGM’s behalf and the additional income from the other stalls, well over £500 was raised for FOGM on the night. We all had an enjoyable, entertaining and productive evening. It was such fun!