Charities delighted to be back as annual fayre returns


Ilkley Town Crier, Isabel Ashman, who will officially open the fayre with Marty Bear

The Ilkley Friends of Martin House Children's Hospice will be holding its 24th annual Charity Christmas Fayre on Saturday 27 November at the Clarke Foley Centre in Ilkley between 10am and 12 noon.


Pamela Brunger, Honorary Secretary for Ilkley Friends of Martin House Children's Hospice said:


“We had to cancel the 2020 event because of lockdown, so all fourteen charities involved are delighted to be back this year.


“It's been a hard time for businesses but for charities also and we want to make this Fayre as successful as we can. As we have a sponsor for the event all the money raised at the Fayre goes to charity.”


There will be a great array of bargains, Christmas gifts, cards, craft goods, decorations and cakes. There will also tombola’s and raffles with some great prizes including Christmas hampers and gift vouchers.


Charities attending include: Amnesty International - Beamsley Project - British Heart Foundation - Candlelighters - Clarke Foley Centre - Friends of Ilkley Riverside Parks - Friends of Butoke - Guide Dogs for the Blind - Ilkley Friends of Martin House - Ilkley Wharfedale Rotary Club

Marie Curie - Riding for the Disabled - Sue Ryder – Traidcraft.


Ilkley Town Crier, Isabel Ashman, will open the Fayre and in addition to enjoying the stalls on offer cups of tea/coffee and a mince pie can be had for £1.


Saturday 27 November is also the day of the Ilkley Christmas lights switch on, with a small market on The Grove all day, along with music on the bandstand, the build up to Santa switching on the lights will start outside Christchurch at 3.30pm hosted by Ilkley's digital radio station Rombalds Radio.