ASHBOURNE families had their pick of fairs and open days this weekend, with no less than three events taking place over the two days, all with a Valentine’s Day theme.
Hulland Church’s fair on Saturday at Hulland Ward Millennium Hall was very well supported by the local community who went along and enjoyed a variety of stalls, games and refreshments – many having a Valentine theme.
Halfway through the morning visitors and helpers were entertained by the Hulland School Singers who sang with enthusiasm under the guidance of their teacher Mrs Sian Tower.
Pre-school children from the village enjoyed taking part in a ‘Decorate the Heart’ competition.
The fair made a profit of £900 for church funds.
Organisers Katrina Pipes and Penny Northall said: “We would like to thank the very many people who supported the fair and helped to make it a very successful occasion.”
Meanwhile cats and dogs were also given their chance to capture someone’s heart, with the hope that they might eventually find their ‘forever’ homes.
At the Ashbourne Animal Welfare Centre, the Ark, prospective owners were given the chance to meet with their future canine and feline friends and find out more about the rehoming service.
There were also a number of stalls selling a variety of items, including soft toys, cds and various items of household bric-a-brac.
At the Derby branch of the Cats’ Protection visitors were treated to free refreshments, bric-a-brac and a tombola.
Long term residents at the shelter Pippa, Toots and Clarke were hoping to meet the love of their lives and find a new home with owners to spoil them.
Further information on the Ark and Cats’ Protection is available online at www.ashbourneanimalwelfare.org and www.derby.cats.org.uk/derby