A tradition 40 years in the making
The Anglican Church Fair celebrated its 40th anniversary in Luxembourg on Sunday under radiant blue skies in the idyllic setting of Useldange.
The huge landmark showed the enduring attraction of this annual fundraising event, which supports many charitable causes.
“People enjoying being part of the church and being involved is our way of giving back,” organiser Clive Munn said, adding: “One does it for personal enjoyment but mostly to see other people enjoying themselves.”
28 years in Useldange
The fair has been hosted for the past 28 years at the home of Chris and Anna Vaudrey at the Ancien Prieuré, a property with a lush green garden and stream.
In the shady garden, scores of stands were set up by parishioners selling second-hand books, bric-a-brac, delicious baked goods and cremant, among other things.
Directly behind the house, a small stage area was the setting for numerous shows, including a dance performance by students of the Jeanette Hutchines School of Dance, Christian Lavey's magic show and the eternally popular dog show.
The duck race provided a welcome refreshing break from the baking hot sun as participants gathered along the banks of a stream at the end of the garden to cheer on their rubber ducks.
Seeking new site
Clive Munn commented that the fair is rapidly outgrowing the site and said it will have to find larger premises in years to come. Anyone who can offer a space for this annual event should email email@example.com.
The Church Fair had to compete with two other events in Useldange on Sunday – the Medieval Fair and the referendum. Useldange mayor Pollo Bodem, who opened the Church Fair, alluded to the latter in his speech.
He said: “I would like to mention that Useldange has always been open to welcome people of other nations and we've now 40 different nationalities living here.”
In addition to being a social event, the Anglican Church Fair helps raise funds for a number of charities.
A representative of one of the beneficiary charities was at the fair. Ken Johnson of Jambage, a charity providing dental and hospital care in Rimbila, India, thanked organisers for last year's donation of a dentists' chair, enabling children and adults to visit the dentist for the first time in their lives.
He explained that recently the charity is also providing aid to refugees affected by the earthquakes in neighbouring Nepal.
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