Banburyshire villages host successful bake off for bell tower restoration fund
The villages of Little and Great Bourton held a bake off on Easter Saturday to raise money for the All Saints Bell Tower Restoration Fund.
After the success of the Snowdrop Bank (which raised more than £2,300, fingers were firmly crossed for decent weather for the outdoor stalls which were dotted about the parish so that they were Covid-secure. Although it was cold, the sun shone and an incredible £1,900 was raised.
Sue Ong, from The Friends of All Saints Church, said, “We can’t thank the villagers enough!
"So many people baked, and so many came out to join in and donate to this project. It was an amazing amount raised.
"The Friends are hoping that later this year, restrictions-willing, we may get back to running our famous 'Big Breakfasts' and also hold our annual 'Strawberry Fayre,' but having this fundraiser outdoors worked very well, and really brought the villagers together. Thank you to everyone who supported us and helped with the organisation.”
The Bourtons’ Parish Council Chair Sue Upton added: “It's been a great opportunity to engage the support of the community for what is a challenging fundraising target for our iconic Bell Tower.
"It was such a boost seeing the community pull together whilst also benefiting a wonderful village feature. Seeing so many villagers taking part, including some young children donating their pocket money, was a fun start to the Easter holidays. It was another amazing community effort.”
If anyone wishes to donate to the Bell Tower Conservation Fund, they can use the following JustGiving web link: www.justgiving.com/allsaintsgb