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Despite near freezing temperatures and torrential rain, the local community turned out in their hundreds to help Lonsdale Road Methodist Church in Gloucester raise well over £1500 during their two hour annual Autumn Fayre.

Wood-craft, cakes, baskets full of produce and gifts, mouthwatering bacon butties, books, toys and games, an auction of meat, and a host of competitions were just some of the many stalls on offer plus the 'half time' appearance of local dance troupe, Inspire, who rehearse at the church, giving two high tempo up beat performances during the morning.

Gloucestershire's new Methodist Superintendent, the Revd John Hellyer said he was delighted to open the Autumn Fayre. "In my 36 years of Methodist ministry this is a first, so thank you. I am delighted. These events are not just about raising money for a good cause, they are about bringing people together and building up communities. The theme 'All that Jazz' is about having fun and enjoying life. That's what we are doing this morning."

Church Treasurer Mike Haines says, " It was a fantastic morning. I would like to thank our friends and neighbours in this community and beyond for ignoring the weather and turning up in their droves to support us. This partnership of Church and Community means a lot. Long may it continue."

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