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Falmouth schools and communities light up with annual Christmas fairs in Penryn, Ponsanooth, Mylor and Swanpool

By West Briton  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

  • Steve and Jack at Marlborough School Christmas fête.

  • At the Old Brewery Yard Christmas market are Finn Galletti Di Cadilhac and Natalie Wright with their handmade glass.

  • Hannah Batstone, contemporary jeweller; potter Tim Lake and ceramicist Rebekah Lockley at Old Brewery Yard Christmas market.

  • Old Brewery Yard Christmas market: Helen Eastham and Julie Thornhill with their handmade glass items.

  • Matvei reaches for a cake at the market at Old Brewary Yard.

  • At Penryn Junior School fête are Sandra and Layla Wilkinson, Kelynen and Beverley Hedges looking after the clothes sale.

  • Tom and Tyler check out some books at Penryn School.

  • At Penryn Junior School, Bethany and Thomas browse the videos.

  • Davey and Jordan show off their purchases at Penryn Junior School's fête.

  • Stag Hunt craft fair, Ponsanooth: Rosemary Allen selling knitted and handmade products.

  • Penryn Junior School Fete. Lottie and Molly with Vicky Hall at theLucky Dip. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121201B-007_C

  • Craft Fair.Stag Hunt, Ponsanooth. Emma Skilton of NYR Organic. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121201C-002_C

  • Old Brewery Yard Christmas Market. Suzie Englefield (from Helston) and Stephanie Frost with their glassware. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121208A-005_C

  • Craft Fair.Stag Hunt, Ponsanooth. Louise Danks and Lucy Scoley with their hand made items. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121201C-004_C

  • At the Stag Hunt craft fair, Ponsanooth, Olivia with Carol Abel and Debbie Skellington.

  • Craft Fair.Stag Hunt, Ponsanooth. Claire Albert with her stained glass. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121201C-005_C

  • Craft Fair.Stag Hunt, Ponsanooth. Josh, Sam and Billy. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121201C-006_C

  • Craft Fair.Stag Hunt, Ponsanooth. Landlady Usha James with Pauline Avery, Judy Tucker and Dean Dryden. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121201C-007_C

  • In Ponsanooth Samantha Meyer with her gingerbread nativity.

  • Mylor School Christmas Fete. Poppy looking after the raffle. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121207A-004_C

  • Mylor School Christmas Fete. Logan and Sowena with Rachel Cairns at the lollypop stand. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121207A-001_C

  • Mylor School Christmas Fete. Lynty and Bessy at the lucky dip. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121207A-002_C

  • Mylor School Christmas Fete. Felix, Isaac, Chloe and Teddy with Santa. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121205A-007_C

  • Old Brewery Yard Christmas Market. Kelly Piperithis and Janet Harvey selling Eclectic Homeware. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121208A-006_C

  • Mylor School pupils meet Santa Claus.

  • At Mylor School, Oliver and Hugo.

  • Mylor School Christmas Fete. Elsa, William Caden at the cake stall. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121207A-008_C

  • Penryn Junior School Fete. Susan Knight and Jackie Ball. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121201B-002_C

  • Marlborough School Christmas Fete. Ruth Baigent and Emma Sherwin. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121207B-001_C

  • Marlborough School Christmas Fete. Bride Patterson serving up the mulled wine. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121207B-002_C

  • Matthew and Louie with Paul Hackwell at Marlborough School Christmas fête

  • Marlborough School Christmas Fete. Ben and Zee Beattie with Harriet in the middle. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121207B-004_C

  • Bridie Elwood and Tom get creative at Marlborough School Christmas fête.

  • Marlborough School Christmas Fete. L-R Myah, Elvie, Eve, Cath Godfrey and Tom. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121207B-006_C

  • Ruby and Olivia with Lisa Walker at the sock game at Marlborough School fête.

  • Old Brewery Yard Christmas Market. Sue Moss and Linda Sanders with their handmade floral gifts. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121208A-007_C

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A WEEK of Christmas fairs, fêtes and festivals offered a chance to get into the seasonal spirit as local schools joined forces with their communities.

Children launched their Christmas fair with a Secret Santa at Mylor School on Friday, where children chose a gift for their mum or dad. At the fair, there were refreshments, craft and gift stalls, and head teacher Chris Lea said: "It was a very lovely afternoon. Father Christmas turned up and all the children had their photograph taken with him – and one or two parents too."

The Old Brewery Yard in Falmouth held its annual fair offering great gifts and quirky offerings under its canopy of Christmas lights – the first time it has been included in the town's festive display.

Penryn Junior School raised more than £2,000 from its Christmas fair. The school offered its special thanks to everyone who worked on the stalls and to the Friends of Penryn Junior for organising the event.

The Ponsanooth craft fair at the Stag Hunt formed part of the village lights switch-on for the first time. The fair featured stalls of gift ideas and there was a chance to meet Santa in his grotto and enjoy a cup of tea and a mince pie. A barbecue and mulled wine got people in the mood before the traditional lantern parade, featuring children from Kennall Vale School before Santa switched on the lights at 7pm.

At Marlborough School, there was a Christmas fair marked, the first fundraising event by the newly formed parent group the Marlborough Mariners. Santa set up in his grotto in the outside classroom and children were encouraged to take part in a Secret Santa to buy gifts for friends and family.

Head teacher Richard Gambier said: "We raised about £600 but more valuable than the money was the spirit of the day, which was lovely."

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