Vin­tage fun at the fair

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS -

A FOR­MER Olympic swim­mer of­fi­cially opened a char­ity fair in Hook last Satur­day.

GB’s Kathy Read, who com­peted at Los An­ge­les in 1984, Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992, trav­elled from her New For­est home to open the Dolly’s Vin­tage Summer Fair.

The five-hour event, held at the El­iz­a­beth Hall in Raven Road, Hook, fea­tured a plant sale, vin­tage rides, hand­made and craft stalls, tra­di­tional tea­rooms and an ar­ti­san baker.

There were home­made cush­ions by Lisa Carter, hand­made smellies by Lit­tle Nan­nies Soap Com­pany and pet ac­ces­sories by Ted Barker.

The fair also fea­tured a range of Vin­tage stalls in­clud­ing VJ Vin­tage, Birch and Hare, Made With Love, Ray of Sun­shine and Ruby’s Jew­els.

Grandma Lin­tott’s Knit­ting Stall fea­tured a range of soft toys, while Imo­gen’s tea­rooms run by Ann Bald­win kept every­one suit­ably re­freshed.

The fair was or­gan­ised by Genevieve Bald­win, with pro­ceeds go­ing to the lo­cal branch of SANDS, the still­birth and neona­tal char­ity, in mem­ory of her daugh­ter, Imo­gen, who was still­born in March last year.

She said: “We haven’t added all the money up yet but I know Grandma’s Knit­ting and the tea­rooms raised over £300 so I reckon it will be about £500 af­ter costs.

“Kathy gave up her time and day for free, which was fan­tas­tic.”

● The next vin­tage fair will be held in Old Bas­ing Vil­lage Hall on Novem­ber 2.

Pat Webb (left) re­ceives her prize from pres­i­dent Pat Sil­vester.

Huxley’s Birds of Prey, spon­sored by the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, proved pop­u­lar at the 61st Flower Show and Fete or­gan­ised by Dog­mers­field, Winch­field and Crookham Vil­lage Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety. Pic­tures: David Jackson.

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For­mer Olympic swim­mer Kathy Reap with Kirsty Stephens.

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The char­ity vin­tage and hand­made fair at El­iz­a­beth Hall, Raven Road, in Hook, was opened by for­mer Olympic swim­mer­wim­mer Kathy Reap.

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