As every year, December sees a flurry of school plays, fetes and markets, an ideal opportunity to bring the community together and pick up a few unusual Christmas presents.

This year we have been lucky enough to offer our support to Whitewater Infants school in Rotherwick on the 6th December, who rose a fantastic £650.50 with their excellent raffle. There was the usual range of gift stalls, home-craft stalls, games stalls and of course a steady flow of teas coffees and some spectacular cakes and other treats from the kitchen.

We donated raffle prizes to Maple Ridge Primary School, a special school for children with moderate learning difficulties, for their Christmas raffle on the 7th December.

Continuing our relationship with Ash Manor School we have provided an excellent cash prize as the top prize for their raffle, taking place at the School’s Christmas Concert on the 20th December, tickets are available from the school.

Next year we are looking forward to supporting The Band of the Hampshire Constabulary Charity Concert, with Sonardyne, in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. The concert will take place at the Fleet Methodist Church on Saturday the 11th February 2013. Tickets are available for £8 from the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice shop in Fleet or call 01252 683540 or 01252 621727.