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Community News & Views | Felpham Village summer fair

THOUSANDS of pounds to benefit Felpham are expected to have been made by its annual fun in the sun.


A large crowd made the latest summer fair to be held by the Felpham Village Conservation Society another success.


The event packed Old Rectory Gardens with some 20 stalls, a series of games and a succession of live entertainment.


Glenn Powell, the society’s vice-chairman, said: “You can’t get better than being in Felpham in the sunshine on an afternoon like this. It’s a lovely community event. It’s not meant to be a full-scale commercial event.


“This is our fourth year and we’ve got another good turnout. All the money we make will go back to Felpham.


“We’ve provided hanging baskets and benches as well as improving the St Michael’s allotments. We are now looking at some longer-term projects.”


Among the groups with a stall at last Saturday’s event was Felpham Art Group. Publicity officer Lin Biffen and member Heidi Walmsley, pictured below, were present along with some 50 artworks.


Lin said: “We have got all different types of subjects on show to please everyone. A lot of people are interested in the seaside because of our location and this is a showcase for the works we have made.


“It’s always good to have people looking at what we have created. When you sell a picture, it is very pleasing because it means someone likes it enough to hang it on their wall.”


The stall also promoted the art group’s Sunday summer seafront shows which began on Sunday and will be held every other week near Blakes Road until the end of August.


The Home-Start Arun, Worthing and Adur charity was also present. One of its volunteers, Gabrielle Tappin, said: “This will get our name out to a lot of people who might want to volunteer with us.


I’ve been a volunteer for seven years and the families we visit really appreciate us going in for two hours once a week for between three to six months.


“We help them to make their decisions to move forward. They could need our help because they have health problems, are isolated or could have recently suffered a bereavement.”


The entertainers, pictured below, at the fair included The Rock Choir, Funky Junction, Bamboo Calypso Band and Heather’n’Dave.

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