We are a geographically up to 15/16 miles across, rural parish, 109 seats in our Church, only one Sunday Mass at 9.30 am. Share our Priest with Brigg St Mary's Parish around 12 miles away from central Barton a town of 11,000 to 12,000 people.
We have run 2 Strawberry Fairs.... in late June early July in our large grassed grounds. Making a feature of strawberries and cream, strawberry teas, pimms and soft drinks with strawberries and other fruits.. also children's games and other stalls as possible. All outdoors with arrangements so we could relocate inside in case of rain. First year also had a children's fancy dress competion which encourages families to attend. Each made over £ 500 each.
We have had 2 printed draws which after covering costs of cash prizes and printing costs with over 75% of tickets having been sold... first time summer drawn at 2009 strawberry fair.. next time Nov Dec 10 drawn at Christmas Nativity and refreshments after Mass Sun 19 Dec . One of the benefits of a draw is all adults of the parish can be asked to sell/buy tickets.
In Nov 2010 we ran our first Christmas Bazaar, hard work but with tombolla, cakes, white elephants, children's toys, books, cards, children's tombolla, refreshments of toasted tea cakes, baked pots etc.. made a reasonable amount for in a long morning 10 to 1 pm, plus pre and tidy up volunter hours/ efforts.
We have also joined in with events in the town such as Bike Night in early July and Christmas Festival in Sat before 1st Sunday of Advent.. but these can be quite alot of work for surplus generated of sometimes less than £ 100.
We are currently seeking to raise £ 2,000 a year for our parish to help cover annual running costs of our parish. Other ideas for raising money without alot of work/ volunteer effort welcomed.
Ursula Vickerton Secretary of PPC and Social & Fund Raising Committee St Augustine Webster Parish Barton on Humber