ROGATE Christmas Market hit a record high this year, much to organisers’ delight.

The annual event in the village hall raised £5,642 – the highest amount in its history.

Rogate vicar the Rev Edward Doyle said: “It was by far the busiest market ever and we are so very grateful to everyone who generously supported this wonderful event, knowing the money will help others in need.”

The market opened with Rogate Primary School pupils singing carols, while in the hall, stalls were laden with everything from gifts and crafts to Advent calendars, bric-a-brac, homemade jams, chutneys, cakes and second-hand children’s clothes.

Tenants from East Lodge Retirement Home ran a ‘Name the Bear’ competition as well as selling carefully crafted hand-knits.

Visitors could also try their luck on the tombola and the raffle with prizes, including a top prize of £275 cash.