St Mary's Church Whitton

A Village Christmas

Dandy Decorations, Colourful Candles, Festive Furbelows, Scrumptious Specialities, Instant Inspiration, Gorgeous Gifts, Stylish Seed-trays, Wizard Wreaths, Brilliant Bird-boxes - all these and more were on sale at Whitton's two Village Christmases, held at Whitton Paddocks in 2006 and 2007.

Following the wonderful success of the 2006 event, an even bigger and better enterprise was held in 2007, once again at the stunning venue of Whitton Paddocks, a beautiful Jacobean country house. Throughout the day delicious homemade snacks, mulled wine and seasonal fare were available. The range of gifts was very different in 2007 and many more were geared towards children. Many of our gifts had an ethnic flavour whilst others were beautifully traditional and as always our stunning range of Christmas decorations had been very widely sourced. Our range of gourmet foods was even wider and as always was made from local produce only.

The Paddocks (parts of which date back to the 17th Century) is a country house in the centre of the tranquil pretty village of Whitton, about 5 miles east of Ludlow, and was well sign-posted for both events. The Village Christmas was held there by kind permission of the then owner, Jane Perks.

This tiny parish had called on the many and varied talents of its parishioners and friends who had worked hard to bring together a dazzling sale of festive gifts for you, your home, friends and family in a stunning country house setting. The many visitors chose from unusual tree decorations, seasonal cakes, puddings, preserves and other delicacies, fun gifts, garlands, wreaths and bunting, and found a wide range of appealing accessories for their homes and gardens.

The two weekends were a stunning success with lots of Christmas gift ideas that aren't found on the high street. Visitors were delighted to be able to browse in comfort without the heat and stress of the crowded shops in town and enjoyed some welcome refreshments in this beautiful home not normally open to the public.

The time and skill of the people in Whitton and the surrounding area who had been working so hard was donated free of charge, and all proceeds were in aid of the St Mary's Church Restoration Fund as part of a major fund-raising effort to help preserve and restore the Burne-Jones/William Morris window and the tower. At the end of the 2006 weekend a staggering £6,000 had been raised, not least thanks to an anonymous donation from “Doughnut” who contributed £120 to bring the total to a round number. In addition, despite the worst the weather could throw at us, £5,604 was raised at the 2007 event.

Thanks are due to everyone (too numerous to mention) who contributed to make these events such a success, and especial thanks to Mary and Jane without whose hard work none of this would have happened.