Prime Min­is­ter Theresa en­joys can­dlelit Vic­to­rian fayre

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

THE PRIME MIN­IS­TER took time away from pol­i­tics to cel­e­brate Christ­mas at her lo­cal par­ish church.

St An­drew’s in Son­ning wel­comed their spe­cial guest when they held a can­dlelit Vic­to­rian Fayre on Sun­day.

The event raised funds for the Karun School and Or­phan­age in South In­dia, a char­ity that the church has sup­ported for many years.

The for­mer Direc­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion of Ox­ford Dio­cese, Les­lie Stephen, is the par­ish’s link: his fa­ther founded the or­phan­age in the 1970s.

St An­drew’s vicar, the Revd Jamie Tay­lor, said: “We have re­cently built a new church hall and all our ef­forts have been to raise the funds in the last two years. Now that this has been achieved, it is won­der­ful to once again look out­wards and to raise ex­tra money, on top of our reg­u­lar giv­ing, for the or­phan­age.

“De­spite the snow, £1,100 was raised which will go a long way at the Karun home.

“It is great that af­ter her most ex­tra­or­di­nary week, the Prime Min­is­ter was able to come and spend so much time vis­it­ing the stalls and meet­ing all our young peo­ple.”

Pic­ture: Nigel Le­viss

Theresa and Philip May with mem­bers of the Ju­nior Choir of St An­drew’s, Son­ning at the church’s Vic­to­rian fayre on Sun­day

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