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Sun shines on Church farm gala

Matto the Clown with Jakki Hunking from Church Farm Picture by Kate Shemilt C140848-1

Matto the Clown with Jakki Hunking from Church Farm Picture by Kate Shemilt C140848-1

HOLIDAY-home owners in Pagham turned out in force to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The Owners Association of Church Farm staged its annual gala on Saturday (August 30) in aid of two good causes.

The money raised will benefit St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the Save Pagham Beach campaign.

Association chairman Mary Bryant said: “All the prizes are donated by the owners and the stalls are all staffed by our members in their own time.

“We also stage other events during the year like quiz and race nights.

“Last year, we raised £4,000 for our two chosen causes.

“We hope to at least match that this year.”

The popular gala involved bowls and golf events, a raffle, tombola, clown show and quad bike rides.

Other organisations such as the Pagham Action Group, RNLI and RSPB also had stalls.

The day ended with a parade through the seafront site off Church Lane.

Holiday site general manager Andy Pope said about 50 owners were heavily involved with the event and 50 members of staff were helping out.

“I think we’ll have about 2,000 here during the day.

“It’s the ninth year we’ve had the gala in its present form and it’s getting bigger every year.

“It’s all about old-fashioned values with the community coming together and gives people the chance to get to know each other,” he said.

“Pagham is a special place and we bring a lot of tourists here each week. If we can help to save it, we will.”

 

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