A Christmas Fayre in Slaithwaite this weekend will feature more than 40 stalls, lots of music, Santa’s grotto and even donkey rides.

Waves day centre for adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities sure knows how to put on a fayre and has pulled out all the stops this year for the event this Saturday, December 9, from 10am to 3pm.

Top of the bill is professional singer Natasha Harper from Brighouse who appeared on ITV’s Starstruck show as Judy Garland in March this year.

Natasha, who teaches singing and musical theatre classes in Brighouse, regularly performs at 1940s weekends.

The Waves choir will also be singing and HD9 Community Brass Band will be playing.

All the money raised will be going towards a sensory garden at Waves, future events and the Making Waves charity which provides specialist equipment, emergency funding if members are in crisis and help funding social activities.

The stalls include crafts, cheese, sweets, flowers, candles, glassware, jewellery, pottery, photography and cakes. Waves also has its own shop now which sells arts and crafts made by its members.

Food such as bacon or sausage butties, cakes and drinks will be served all day and the entertainment also includes a rifle range, face painting, glitter tattoos and body art. Groups such as the Friends of Slaithwaite Spa and Huddersfield to Ukraine Humanitarian Aid will also be there.

The Waves centre is next to The Handmade Bakery on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal towpath.

Waves is one of the most innovative day centres in the UK. It helps people aged 18 and over with learning and/or physical difficulties lead full lives with activities including performing arts, baking, making music, arts and crafts, virtual reality games, swimming, walks, horticulture in the Waves garden, caring for animals and sharing what they do on social media.

The members also get the chance to go on exciting holidays to places such as Center Parcs and trips to the Isle of Barra in Scotland. It also provides respite care and overnight breaks when members’ families face a crisis.

Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR (https://ah-pr.com/) specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.