A CRAFT fayre has helped boost a church’s massive fundraising campaign.

Families flocked to the popular event held at Lindley Infant School on Saturday.

It featured 50 stalls of crafts and gifts brought by suppliers from all over the area.

The event made a welcome return to the East Street school this year.

Last year it had to be relocated due to essential building works at the school.

It was organised by St Stephen’s Parish Church and money raised will help fund its building project.

In September the church began its Building for Our Future campaign, with the help of the Bishop of Wakefield.

This was launched as part of a special event to mark the church’s 182 years of service to its community.

The church was consecrated on September 1, 1830, by the Archbishop of York and dedicated to the martyr St Stephen. Today it used by many groups within the community.

But it needs to raise £230,000 to repair and enhance the building for future generations.

The church has already been successful in its bid for £50,000 English Heritage grant.

Further cash will be raised through the help of the church’s own fundraising activities such as the craft fayre.

The Rev Rachel Firth, the vicar of Lindley, described the fayre as an “important fundraising event”.

She said: “Funds raised by the church will go towards its repair and development.

“This is needed to keep the church alive and thriving in the heart of Lindley”.