Bulwell St Mary’s Mad Hatters fundraiser

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Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice in Wonderland has provided the inspiration for a Mad Hatters Tea Party which was Bulwell St Marys Church’s first fundraising event of the year.

The author’s colourful, quirky characters were brought to life by local schoolchildren, church friends and people from the community who entered into the spirit of the fun-filled event.

Catching the eye in amazing costumes were Sian Blunt and Gill Dove who dressed as Alice, Dawn Abbott who made an impressive Mad Hatter, Peter Kimber in the guise of Tweedledee and Claire Palmer who stood out as an awesome Queen of Hearts.

The event’s success owed much to the efforts of the Church’s hard-working social team made up of Helen Dexter, Joyce White, Jillian and Robert Naylor, Kerry and Paula Palmer,Eleanor Lang, Phyllis Bailey, Pam Hickling and June Gibbon.

A fantastic “five star” tea “fit for a Queen” was greatly appreciated by more than 60 guests, a film show featuring Alice in Wonderland and quiz sheets linked to the famous story added to the enjoyment.

A nine-card Bingo session was run by Joyce White, who handed out sweet treats to winners, while a raffle run by Jillian Naylor with more than 20 prizes up for grabs added to the fun.

Fr Andy Nicolls the church’s vicar gave a vote of thanks in which he paid tribute to the social team.

“They are our unsung heroes and the tremendous hard work and preparation put in to make the Mad Hatters event such a success is greatly appreciated,” he said.

Money raised from the event will go to church funds.