SEASONAL delights were on display at Stratton’s first ever autumn fair on Saturday.

From local crafts people showing off their work to a dedicated team of volunteers providing tasty treats, families had plenty to choose from at the inaugural event which was organised by Stratton parish council.

Held at Meadowcroft Community Centre in Upper Stratton, the fair aimed to bring the community together and it is hoped that the event will be a success for years to come.

Children were treated to a Punch and Judy show, a treasure hunt as well as the chance to have their face painted.

While adults had the opportunity to browse through handcrafted plaques and signs as well as writing instruments and jewellery.

In addition to traditional spinning demonstrations, a number of charities had stalls at the fair to promote their work in the local community.

Steve Griffin, chairman of the Swindon Stoke Support Group, had a trusty team of volunteers alongside him to talk to Stratton residents about the work of the group in the town and to show that there is a life after suffering from the condition.

Steve's dad suffered a stroke and started attending the group. Soon after, he started to lend a helping hand to others in the charity which organises social trips for people who have suffered a stroke.

“We want to let people know that we are here to help them if they have suffered from strokes and to try and raise a little bit of money as well.

“The response from people has been really good and we have just tried to make them aware that we are here in additional to the national charities.”

Another charity on hand at the fair was the Swindon Lions who offered families a whole host of traditional games to enjoy.

Maurice Watson from the Lions said: “We want to show a presence because all the money we raise is given to good causes with a high percentage of that going back into the Swindon community.

“We have been going for over 50 years and we have raise hundreds of thousands of pounds but a lot of people still don’t know about us so these events are great to spread the word.”

Stratton parish council hope that the autumn fair will continue to run annually and also hope to launch a horticultural fair next year.