Ruby Ditcher, who started Tavistock Parish Church’s annual Christmas Bazaar 48 years ago, is still playing an active part – helping man the jewellery and accessories stall at the event in the town hall on Saturday November 17.
Ruby, left, with Tavistock mayor and mayoress, Councillor Paul and Mrs Jane Ward, and Chris and Sarah Hardwick
The day proved a huge success, swelling the Bazaar Fund (which includes Friendly Fridays coffee mornings) by £5,730, towards church funds.
Organiser Barbara Miller said: ‘Ruby continues to be an active member of the church after 45 years and still contributes by running a stall. She is amazing and we cannot thank her enough.’
She added: ‘The bazaar not only raises money but is part of our outreach to bring the church to the community. Thank you to everybody – the helpers, the promoters, the buyers, also to our coffee morning visitors. Our success was an all-round effort from virtually every group within the church.’
Church candle wax used for cup and saucer novelties were among an array of items the Craft Group busily recycled for the bazaar.
Janet Kennerley and Ruth Glanville are in the craft group which meets in the parish centre fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons to stitch over cups of tea. ‘We could call it sew, knit and natter’, said Ruth. ‘It’s very good because people who are on their own can come along – we welcome everybody, even if they are not big crafters.’
The group’s wares vary from Christmas ‘pressi’ bags, soft toys, wreaths and hangings, to gift tags, recycled cards and sideboard decorations.
The knitters regularly run a stall at our Friendly Fridays coffee mornings and so far this year have raised £635 for church funds. Janet, a chorister, and Ruth also sell cards they make from recycled ones after Sunday morning services.
Janet believes the craft group was started more than 20 years ago by the wife of the then vicar, John Rawlings, making cushions for the pews. Ruth said they were grateful to people who kept the members going with wool, cards and other materials.