A new attraction was added to this year’s Annual Display at the Manor Mission Hall – a raffle. Various items were donated as prizes including a £20 voucher from the Tesco store in Mandeville Way, two bottles of wine, a bottle opening kit, a jigsaw, a ‘Forget-me-not’ plant, a DVD, a box of chocolates, some bubble bath and a bottle of ‘Flash’ spray cleaner.
Visitors started arriving shortly before 11am and the sale of raffle tickets began immediately. A very good selection of photographs had been arranged by Ken Porter. A merchandise table had been set up by Nina Humphrey, offering various memorabilia for sale including, maps, postcards, leaflets and books. Ann Rugg ran the refreshment ‘cafe’ with the very kind assistance of Margaret from the Manor Mission. Together they served tea, coffee and an assortment of delicious homemade cakes.
At one point there were at least 60 people in attendance, although many more came and went through the doors during the course of the four hours. (A very good turnout considering it was a Bank Holiday weekend, a time many people choose to go away). Some came just to view the display, one or two others brought along a few of their own photos to be scanned. Many met up with old friends and enjoyed a good chat, exchanging stories and fond memories.
Just after 2:30 John Rugg announced that the raffle had raised £50 and it was time to draw the winning numbers. All but four of the winners were in the hall and therefore able to collect their prizes. The remaining four will be contacted by telephone.
The profits from the raffle, merchandise and café, will provide a donation to the Manor Mission for the very kind use of the hall and the remainder will go towards the Laindon Archive’s fund.
Many thanks to everybody involved in making this popular annual event a success, especially all the visitors who travelled long distances to attend. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did. Thank you all very much.