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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Vintage Brides for Charity

As you know I was on the hunt for mannequins a few weeks ago to help Jess out with a fundraising drive for the restoration fund for the local parish church. Luckily, with the help of some family and lovely new friends (Hello Roo and Anna!) the exhibition was a resounding success.

Here's the press release that sums it up nicely. I must be honest I would have bought every one of these beautiful vintage wedding gowns - I especially loved the 1970's ones.


For Immediate Release - Photo Opportunities on Request

Community Village Summer Fete Raises £1500 for Parish Church Restoration Fund

Saturday 26th May at 11am marked the start of the Abercarn Community Fete at Ysgol Cwm Gwyddon, in aid of the restoration and upkeep of St Luke’s Church, Abercarn and raised over £1500 towards it.

The community, including Ysgol Cwm Gwyddon and Abercarn Primary schools, also put together an exhibition of vintage wedding dresses that were all worn for marriage ceremonies over the last 40 years, and a local history exhibition in the “top club”.

Amongst attractions at the fete were tea and cake, a fancy dress parade for children with the theme of kings and queens, grill,  face painting by Blush Tanning and Beauty - Newbridge, bouncy castle and stalls – all provided and organised by the community – local residents, the schools, the P.T.A’s and local businesses. Abercarn’s “new” library was also represented, a raffle and stalls incorporated jewellery, books and plants; in addition to the tombola.

Entertainment was provided by local singers Robert Knight and Kelly Mantle and the North Celynen Brass Band. The fete was endorsed by and attended by the Bishop Dominic of the Monmouth diocese.

Rev. Alicia Baker said “We are very grateful to everyone for their support of the restoration fund. The fete was a huge success and it was wonderful to see the community come together to celebrate the jubilee.”

The Welsh Church has recently secured a 12 month extension on its lease from the Presbyterian Church in Wales, and local residents are aiming to raise the £80,000 necessary to restore the Grade II listed building.  If you would like to donate mannequins for the exhibition or would like to find out more about the Restoration Fund please contact Rev. Alicia Baker at  01495 243919

For further information, quotes or photograph, please contact:
Rev. Baker

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