Christian in call to boycott psychic fair

A LIFELONG Christian from Nailsea is calling for people to boycott a psychic fayre being held on Remembrance Day in the town. Mary Ponsonby, who is also chairman of Nailsea Town Council, is calling on other Christians to stay away from the fayre - the fir

A LIFELONG Christian from Nailsea is calling for people to boycott a psychic fayre being held on Remembrance Day in the town.Mary Ponsonby, who is also chairman of Nailsea Town Council, is calling on other Christians to stay away from the fayre - the first of its kind in the town - being held at the Scotch Horn this Sunday.Mrs Ponsonby, whose husband Geoffrey used to be pastor at Backwell Baptist Church, said Sunday was a day where people should take time to remember the dead - and not be trying to talk to them.Mrs Ponsonby, aged 64, added: "As a Christian I do not think this sort of event should be encouraged, especially on a day such as Remembrance Sunday."This is a day when the country remembers and pays tribute to those who have given their lives in the war and those who are currently serving across the world."These sort of events promote speaking to the dead and as a Christian and someone who reads and accepts the teachings of the Bible, I am horrified this fair is taking place."It seems to trivialise and disrespect a very special day in the yearly calendar."The event, which is being advertised on posters across the town, takes place between 10am and 4.30pm, which means it will be running during the minute's silence.Mrs Ponsonby, who was baptised as a teenager and currently attends Claverham Free Church, appealed to people in Nailsea to 'take a stand' and boycott the event.She added: "I am appalled that we can allow such an event in our town and I trust the Christians of Nailsea will stand up and be counted on this one and give the event a very wide berth."The posters do not say who is organising the event, but it costs £2 to get in and there will be tarot reading, head massage and a talk on astrology.Money raised from the event will go to the charity Breast Cancer Research.A spokesman for the Scotch Horn said: "We have hired a room out for alternative therapies to help raise money for Breast Cancer Research. We apologise if the title of psychic fair is misleading as although there will be astrology charts and readings available for those wishing to attend, there will also be complementary therapies such as reiki healing and Indian head massage."The Scotch Horn Leisure Centre will be observing a one minute silence at 11am and all activities and groups within the leisure centre will be included."As all the entry fees are donated to charity we considered this to be a positive community event to those interested."* What do you think? Should this sort of event be held in Nailsea - especially on Remembrance Sunday? Is it a personal choice and would you go? Write to us at Mailbox, North Somerset Times, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare or email us at nstimes@archant.co.uk


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