Online draw for village church hit by May Fair and Scarecrow Festival cancellations

Church members have vowed not to the let the coronavirus pandemic stop them in their pursuit of raising funds for a village church.

By Dominic Collis
Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 12:33 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 12:35 pm
St John's Church, Higham
St John's Church, Higham

Members at St John the Evangelist Church, Higham, have organised an online treasure hunt draw following the cancellation of the May Fair and Scarecrow Festival due to the lockdown.

They have set up a JustGiving page to help raise funds, lost through the cancellations.

Member Heather Swindlehurst said: "We've really been hit hard by the cancellations of these events. sadly, we've lost around £7,500 which would have gone towards the general running costs of the church. Over the last 50 years we've benefitted from fund-raising activity, first as Higham Arts and Craft Exhibition and more recently at the May Festival.

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"We also shared proceeds from the Scarecrow Festival, and so we felt an online fund-raiser was the next best thing. Each ticket for the draw is £10, which seems a lot but it's a very generous first prize of £1,000. We've had lots of support from people in the village and have now sold nearly one third of the tickets.

"St John the Evangelist Church Higham aims to be at the heart of our village community."

Members of the public can help by donating £10 and be in with the chance of winning £1,000 and two runner-up prizes. Just 600 tickets will be offered for sale at a cost of £10 each.

The draw will be held on October 31st. To support the draw visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stjohns-higham or call Heather on 07713 121275 who will be able to arrange another method of collecting your donation.