Going...going...£2,700 gone to help church repairs

Taking bids: Father Jonathan Sibley and Julian Proctor with auctioneer Richard Barnwell.
Taking bids: Father Jonathan Sibley and Julian Proctor with auctioneer Richard Barnwell.
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MORE than £2,700 has been raised towards repairs at St Mary’s Church in Long Sutton at a community auction.

About 200 people turned out to show their support and bid for a bargain at the event at the church hall on Saturday.

Parish priest Father Jonathan Sibley described it as a “tremendous” day.

“Having the sun helped because it brought people out but we had a steady stream of visitors come to view up to 1pm,” he said. “There must have been more than 300 lots and all but a few were sold.”

Donations to the auction included Burgess prints of Fleet and Gedney, football memorabilia, Wedgewood plates, toys and Victorian parasols. Even a boat and vintage plough stood in the car park.

The auction was the first event being held for a project to restore the east gate to St Mary’s Church.

Mr Sibley said the funds collected at the event gave them confidence to start preparations for the work.

He added: “Thank you to all who generously gave us gifts for the auction and everyone who attended.

“There really was a wonderful atmosphere.”

Upcoming events at the church include St Thomas’s Fair on July 3 and the South Lincs Youth Jazz Orchestra in concert on July 8.