STONEHOUSE was buzzing last Saturday for the annual Goodwill Fest.

A variety of stalls lined the High Street selling Christmas gifts or raising funds for charities with tombolas, raffles, hot food and drinks.

There were a wonderful range of activities available for people to enjoy with Ned & Trevor – the donkeys on the Memorial Green at one end of the town and Mr Shipton’s Steam Engine and Morris Dancers at the other. 

Father Christmas was as popular as ever in his magical grotto and the Town Hall was busy with children decorating biscuits, having their faces painted and watching Punch & Judy.

Next door, in the former Post Office, “Bloomers Café” was open all day offering a stunning array of drinks and cakes. 

Throughout the event choirs from Park Infants & Juniors, Hopelands and Maidenhill Schools, plus some members of Wycliffe Choral Society sang their hearts out and the Park Junior Ukelele Band and Friends Ukenited also added to the festive mood. 

The event culminated in a lantern procession all along the High Street led by Father Christmas in his open topped Bentley - the reindeer were having a well-earned rest in a nearby field - finishing at the Town Green where amid a snow fall he switched on the Christmas Tree lights.

The town council would like to thank thank everyone who supported this event and took the time to help.

If you feel you would like to be involved, please contact the council offices