This year’s Christmas Bazaar was a huge success and over £5,000 was raised.

A huge array of people contributed to its success, whether trawling the streets of Teddington to collect raffle prizes, creating the magical grotto, making delicious biscuits for the children to decorate and cakes for adults to devour, unloading huge quantities of boxes and bags of donations, painting faces or manning the book, toy and bric a brac stalls.

A tremendous amount of work went into producing the jams and chutneys, mulled wine, pork and sausages, and the gorgeous knitted items, not to mention the selling of raffle tickets, setting up tables and putting up signs, manning the door, decorating the christmas tree, wrapping gifts, washing up and serving refreshments, mayonnaise making, trips to Barnardo’s, and of course the money counting.

Organisers, Lisa and Tora, recalled the efforts of so many volunteers, saying: “Its quite humbling to think about what you have all done, not just today but in the days and weeks leading up to the bazaar. What a wonderful community we have. Thank you.”

The current count of money raised is £5,045, but items will continue to be sold after services in November and December.