25th November 2021, 20:30
The Convent held its traditional Christmas Fair today, albeit with public health measures in place aimed at reducing the spread of COVID.
Proof of vaccination was required at the door, with a limit on the number of guests in the building at any one time. Masks were also required for both stall-holders and guests.
The Governor, Sir David Steel, tweeted that he hoped the fair would raise significant sums for charities whose fundraisingefforts have been affected during the restrictions of the last year.
The fair wasn't held last year due to COVID, although donations were presented to the Saint Vincent De Paul Society and the Care Agency.
The proceeds this year will go to the EV Foundation and the Mental Welfare Fund.
Stalls offered crafts, gifts and decorations, with hot drinks and snacks available in the Cloister, along with mulled wine and mince pies provided by the Red Cross Committee.
Prizes including a motorcycle, a smart TV and an iPad were raffled; Santa was in his Grotto; and visitors enjoyed carols sung by the St Anne's Middle School choir.