Baldock church kicks off festive season with Christmas fair

A CHURCH which opened its doors to give members of the public the chance to view its century old church bells and get into the festive spirit has raised thousands of pounds.

Last weekend the St Mary the Virgin church in Baldock welcomed people to its annual Christmas fair.

Visitors on the day had the chance to see the church bells which have lately caused outrage in the market town with a tour of the four levels of the church tower.

The church also hosted the Baldock Christmas Tree Festival and Winter Wonderland exhibition over the weekend which included Santa’s grotto.

The displayed Christmas trees were decorated by individuals, school children, community groups and businesses from the area.

Visitors to the fair indulged in festive hot food and drink including mulled wine.

Hazel Jarvis social and fundraising committee member for St Mary the Virgin Church said: “We had a great turnout over the two days and we have managed to raise in the region of �2,000 for the church.”

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The money raised will go toward building a disabled toilet and restoration work for the church tower.