Art show raises £1,600 for Fleet church

Flowers for the organisers: Back - churchwarden Mick Seymour, Ron Cutler, Alan Taylor, churchwarden Shirley Smith; front Tracey Carter, Sue Taylor, Sandra Carter and Anne Cutler. Photo: SG261110-167TW
Flowers for the organisers: Back - churchwarden Mick Seymour, Ron Cutler, Alan Taylor, churchwarden Shirley Smith; front Tracey Carter, Sue Taylor, Sandra Carter and Anne Cutler. Photo: SG261110-167TW

FLEET mother and daughter Sandra and Tracey Carter raised £1,600 for the village church after organising their first ever weekend art and craft exhibition.

Sandra began fundraising for the church because her late husband, Clive, is buried in the churchyard - and she wants to see the church remain open.

She said: “The church costs just over £400 a week to keep it going.

“We want to make as much money as we can.”

Since May this year, Sandra and Tracey have painstakingly been gathering names of artists and crafts people and inviting them to exhibit.

There were 237 paintings in the church for the exhibition along with 21 craft tables.

Sandra said: “We sold 31 paintings over the weekend.”

Crafts included wood turning, spun wool from alpacas and stained glass.

There were also painting and drawing demonstrations.

Up to 60 people attended the Friday night preview and there were many visitors on the Saturday and Sunday.

Sandra said the vicar, the Rev Rosemary Goddard, was thrilled with the amount raised.

The mother and daughter have been asked by the arts and crafts people to stage a similar event next year.

Sandra said they plan to do so because the organising will be simpler now they have all the contacts.

Clive Carter was aged 57 when he died nine years ago from an illness.

Sandra began her fundraising two years ago and has already held a coffee morning since the successful arts and crafts exhibition took place.

Sandra said the art exhibition was made possible by a team of people - and thanked everyone who contributed in any way.