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Success of Somercotes Salvation Army Plant Fair and Coffee Morning

Published on Wednesday 7 June 2023

On Saturday 20 May, Somercotes Salvation Army, held its Annual Plant Fair and Coffee Morning.


Following weeks of preparation and a hall brimming at the seams with plants, it was a relief when the doors opened to find long queues of people outside. The event was the best attended ever and greatly enjoyed from comments received and a wonderful atmosphere throughout. 

This was the tenth Plant Fair held since it first began in 2012 and raised a record sum of £1,300.00, which will be used for the work of the Salvation Army in the area.  

The local community entered into the spirit of the event by not just buying a variety of plants for stocking their gardens, but also in donating items for sale and helping out on stalls, which was much appreciated and since returned plant pots for recycling. 

The idea behind the sale has always been to encourage people to dig up self set plants and split down overgrown areas of plants from their gardens, pot up and donate and then buy other plants they have not got at sensible prices to benefit everyone attending, and having fun. 

Although the event was supported by numerous newcomers, it also saw the return of many people who previously came along each year to what is regarded as a not to be missed community, social event. 

The availability of a wide variety of drinks and homemade cakes made especially for the sale encouraged people to sit down and engage in conversation in a friendly environment.

At the end of the three-hour sale, despite starting off with a hall full of plants, very little was left with almost everyone attending, taking home boxes of plants for stocking their gardens.

Somercotes Salvation Army would like to thank everyone who supported the Plant Fair and Coffee Morning, for their donations, generosity, and kindness.




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