The ' Christmas in the Bakery' event on Satururday 13th December attracted over 170 visitors, many of whom were new faces. The children's activities, the puppets and the cakes stall were particularly popular. Some RCY businesses had stalls or displays, including Colin M. Baxter, One of a Kind, Llaaj studio and the Royal Clarence Fitness Studio. Another stall run by a RCY resident offered Hawkshead Relish pickles & chutnies and Leather to Treasure returned with their hand-made leather goods.
Stoke Road Baptist Church had a display of their plans for the Slaughterhouse on display and reported lots of interest and good discussions during the event.
Gospot councillors Wayne Ronayne and Richard Dickson came along, as did Kay Allen from the Gosport Tourist Information Centre and Terry Rhodes, Chair of Gosport Heritage Open Days. Gosport MP, Caroline Dinenage, was unable to attend but sent her best wishes and promoted the event via social media. All said they were pleased to see the activity & community spirit demonstrated and offered encouragement and support for future activity in 2015.
We were lucky with the weather. It was a beautiful day, which meant that we could repeat the very popular 'giant bubbles' outside, which had been such a success at the RCY Open Day in June.
Many thanks to everyone who attended, to the stall holders and the organisers from the Stoke Road Baptist Church, who ran the children's activities, the cake stall, the puppets, the band and the refreshments.
Philippa Dickinson (for the Christmas in the Bakery Steering Group)