St Luke’s at Charities Fair – 2 November 2013

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Be in no doubt: Christmas is on the way. Shops are staying open later, charities are beginning their festive fundraising drives, and illuminations around the country are being switched on in grandiose ceremonies.

Yes, it’s that time of year again when people start saying: “It’s that time of year again…”.

And, for me, nothing hails the countdown to Christmas more than the Combined Charities Fair at Maidenhead Town Hall.

Andrew Burdett at the Combined Charities Fair.

I lent a hand with setting up the St Luke’s stall last night, then paid it a visit this morning, when Ben and Carole were manning it. (Photo: © Baylis Media / Matthew Phillips)

Last night, I lent a hand with setting up the stall, and this morning I was back down there to support Ben and Carole who were manning our stand. For yet another year running, we succesfully impressed the Mayor to win one of two ‘Best-Dressed Stall’ prizes, adding £50 to our takings at the event.

The Mayor, Councillor Andrew Jenner, spent a while inspecting the produce that St Luke’s had on offer, before buying a jar of homemade marmalade.

It was lovely to bump into Baylis Media Chief Photographer Matthew Phillips, and I remarked that a year has passed since I spent a week with him and his journalist colleagues, whilst doing work-experience with the Maidenhead Advertiser last November. “A year, really?!”, Matthew replied, slightly shocked at where the time has gone.

As he resumed gathering pictures of the fair for an Advertiser picture-special, I photographed our stall for the next InSpire – quietly pleased that this annual tradition (now in its 36th year) continues, allowing so many charities to raise much-needed funds for all the good work that they do.

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 21-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. He is now two-thirds of the way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, going to the theatre, and writing about himself in the third-person.