WHILST the planes from Farnborough Air Show are overhead, the sight of lots of people on the pavements of North Camp is good news for St. Mark's Church members.

The church, which has a building on the corner of Reading and Alexandra Roads, is extending the opening times of its café during air show week in a bid to attract some of the show's visitors.

Many locals are already enjoying the snacks and light sandwich lunches being offered by the café every Thursday, but the manager, Mrs Joan Randell, decided to open for the whole air show week.

"We remember from previous years that many people walk past our church building on their way to the airfield, so now that we have the café facilities we thought it would be fun to offer something a little different here at St. Mark's," she commented.

"Our menu will include all the usual home-made cakes and pastries, along with drinks, sandwiches and other light lunch items."

The café will be staffed by volunteers, who also do much of the baking. It is based at the back of the church building, although "if the weather is fine, we'll be putting tables and chairs outside on the grass," says the Vicar, the Revd. Ian Hedges, whose professional catering past was the inspiration for opening the café last year.

Anyone who is passing is welcome, with the café open 10.30am - 2.30pm, Monday to Friday during airshow week (July 22-26).

St. Mark's is known locally as the "Aviator's Church" and the building contains memorials to the early roots of aviation history in Farnborough, where American Col. Cody was the first man to fly in Europe, shortly after the Wright Brothers in America.