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Clitheroe church finds 'missing piece' with jigsaw festival fundraiser
HUNDREDS of people helped to put the final pieces together of a church revamp at a jigsaw festival at the weekend.
The United Reformed Church in Castle Gate hosted the event on Saturday for the third year in a row and saw record crowds come through the doors.
The festival was raising money for the refurbishment works at the church and there were also stands run by Christian Aid and the Clitheroe Food Bank.
The church is aiming to raise enough to refit the kitchen and install new windows, having already replaced the roof.
Rev Michele Jarmany said: “I was amazed that so many people turned out and it does show that interest in jigsaws is on the rise. We had a lot of people this year from across the Ribble Valley and beyond that came for the first time last year and enjoyed it so much that they decided to come back which is great.”
The jigsaws were made by Ribble Valley residents and then donated to the church to be sold on the day.
Rev Jarmany said: “I don’t really know why jigsaws are popular because I’ve never been that interested in them but it’s great to be able to host an event that has entertained so many people.
“The money raised on Saturday will go a long way to helping us refurbish the church and I hope that even more people come next year.”
Clitheroe resident Sarah Adams, 56, said: “It’s great this sort of event is held in the town because it’s not everywhere that you see one being put on.
“It’s a good cause and I hope the church is able to refit the church quickly."
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