Mad hats raise funds for Freefolk church

Basingstoke Gazette: Mad hats raise funds for Freefolk church Mad hats raise funds for Freefolk church

MAD hats were worn by those attending a fundraiser in aid of a village church.

Organised by a group of volunteers, the event for St Nicholas’ Church, in Freefolk, attracted visitors of all ages, who were encouraged to join in with the Mad Hatter theme and sport a crazy headpiece.

Competition was fierce for the best creation, and prizes were awarded in various categories including the most over-the-top hat and most unlikely headgear.

There were flashing lights, twirling rotors, carefully crafted top hats and standard straw hats on show. The surrounding hedges were decorated with misleading direction signs, smiling cats and paper flowers to add to the theme.

Inside the church, more than a dozen flower arrangements were on show, which were admired by visitors, including North West Hampshire MP Sir George Young.

The event raised £380, which will be put back into the church.

Amanda Findlay, who helped organise the fete, said: “The ladies serving out the tea and cakes joined in with their own millinery marvels, raising smiles as well as funds for this Churches Conservation Trust site.”

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