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Fair’s Spring flare

Chapel Hill Uniting Church’s Nearly Spring Fair.  Photo courtesy of Jenny Brecknell
MEMBERS OF Chapel Hill Uniting Church in Brisbane’s west made an extra big effort to pull off a successful fair the week after the federal election used their facilities as a polling booth.

The biennial Nearly Spring Fair was held on 28 August with many stalls also operating on polling day (21 August).
Community support and great congregational teamwork ensured both days were very successful.

Local Brisbane radio personality (and Journey journalist) Phil Smith popped in to spin some yarns, while Devonshire teas and a sausage sizzle kept the crowds well fed.

More than thirty local artists, photographers and handcraft artisans exhibited at the fair.

A variety of stalls offered cakes, jams, books, toys, plants, crafts and second-hand goods for sale.

New this year was the Green Stall which stocked items creatively crafted from recycled goods.

With lots of activities, games and competitions to occupy the children, including face painting and a jumping castle, there was something for everyone at the Fair.

Some of the money raised at the Nearly Spring Fair will be donated to support a local ministry to homeless people and a project of the Uniting Church which translates Scriptures into Indigenous languages.

The remainder will help to refurbish the worship centre at the church.

But Chapel Hill congregation members can’t rest just yet.

The local City Council member was elected to the House of Representatives, so a by-election has been called for October and the church will once again be used as a polling booth.

Photo : Chapel Hill Uniting Church’s Nearly Spring Fair. Photo courtesy of Jenny Brecknell