Fete raises spirits and funds for Corrie Church

Setting the world to rights, John McConnachie of Corrie and Henry McNicol of Brodick enjoy the summer sunshine.

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Words and pictures by Colin Smeeton

Among all of the village fetes and fairs, the Corrie Parish Church’s fete ranks high up with the best of them, offering a host of stalls spread between the Corrie and Sannox Hall and the lush garden overlooking the sea.

Offering something for everyone, even just a social chat in the garden in a comfortable chair, the event never fails to attract a large crowd.


Indoors visitors could indulge in the large selection of homebaked cakes, scones, fruit loaves and seasonal fruit tartlets and, of course, teas and coffee. An extensive bric-a-brac stall lined the entire width of the hall while a tombola and the ever popular silent auction stalls were in the wings.

Indoors too, sat an adult size teddy bear which was part of a raffle where visitors had to guess the bears birthday. Melissa Littlejohn, aged 9, from Corriegills was genuinely surprised and delighted to hear her name being called out by compere Reverend Angus Adamson who announced that she had correctly guessed the birth date.

In the sun drenched garden visitors enjoyed their tasty treats and refreshments in a seating area surrounded by flowering blooms in large pots on the lawn. Those who did not browse the book and flower stalls in the garden while eating the delicious burgers from the burger stall, also sat at the tables and watched the people as they walked by.

All of the money from the event and raised by the supporters and volunteers will go towards the maintenance and upkeep costs of the listed sandstone Corrie Parish Church’s which was built in 1887.


Home baking is quickly snapped up by visitors tempted by the tasty treats on offer. 01_B29corrie02

Heather and Stuart Gough at the popular silent auction. 01_B29corrie03

Melissa Littlejohn aged 9 was delighted to win the giant teddy bear whose birthday she correctly guessed as March 17, the same as her father’s. 01_B29corrie04

Elma Stevenson with the Silver Cross doll that she won for her great-great granddaughter Ella Griffin. 01_B29corrie05

Outdoor stalls included a plant seller, a bookshop and a putting activity. 01_B29corrie06

Setting the world to rights, John McConnachie of Corrie and Henry McNicol of Brodick enjoy the summer sunshine. 01_B29corrie07

Marion Melvin, Linda MacCallum and Charlie Sclater ensure that all the visitors are well fed at their burger stall. 01_B29corrie08

Book seller David Hemming was happy to have a chat or sell you a book or two. 01_B29corrie09