A CHURCH ground was transformed into a community hub during a successful summer fair.

Holy Trinity Church, Greenfield, hosted its annual Strawberry Fair which attracted dozens of younger and older generations to the 147-year-old church.

Video by Beth Hughes

The church grounds boasted numerous stalls to serve the community outside, while the strawberry fair commenced inside with a stall to serve customers cakes, coffee, tea, and ice cream.

Guests enjoyed chilled drinks and homemade cakes, a performance from a local band singing well-known songs, stalls from Weightwatchers offering dietary tips, and a motorbike club displaying dozens of their shiny engines.

The long-standing Big Bake competition received many entries, and the cakes from the four categories were sold to guests to raise funds for the church.

Eleri Hâf Hughes, of Brynford, entered the drizzle competition in memory of her grandmother, Vera Hopwood, of Greenfield, who was a patron of the church for over 50 years before passing away in May.

Eleri said: "She always used to say when she was baking she would add an extra ingredient - a prayer. I'm glad I kept the family tradition going and it was a bonus to help raise funds for the church."

The winner of the Victoria sponge category was Laura Jackson, of Holywell, and the winner's prize for the four cupcakes category went to Leanne Piper, of Holywell.

Jayden Green, of Greenfield, won the under 16s yellow four cakes competition. All four winners received a medal and a certificate.

David Roberts, president of the Flint and Holywell Rotary Club who had organised a licensed bar at the event said: "This is the first time we have been here for the fair. This is not just a fundraiser - we are here to raise awareness. It's nice to see the sun out and smiles on peoples's faces."

For Rev Aidan Coleman, this year's strawberry fair was the most successful one yet.

Rev Coleman said: "The strawberry tea has been a long tradition, well-remembered, well-loved, and I think it's all down to the vision of David Dobbs, the organiser, who tried to do something new with the event to honour the past.

"We still have the strawberries, tea, scones, and I think it has a new lease of life for the future and I think David has done us proud today.

"It's become today what it should always be. It has been put on the map as a community event in Greenfield."

Holywell Town Mayor and Greenfield resident, Cllr Rosetta Dolphin, enjoyed the event. She said: "It's a fantastic event which has been ongoing for donkey's years. The church service this morning was held outside which was beautiful.

"The Morris Dancers hosted a wonderful performance and it's nice for the town to see them performing as they often go to away competitions."

The Holywell Debonairs Morris dancers are looking for new members for their welcoming, friendly and active group.

Practises are held between 4-6pm every Tuesday at Greenfield Holy Trinity Church.