Five friends in Flitcham hope to bring to life the colour and sparkle of a traditional Dickensian Christmas tomorrow with a Victorian Bazaar.
The event is in aid of the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House and is helping to raise £7,000 for a quiet room at Hillington.
Many of the residents of the village have made or provided a wide range of hand-crafted bespoke Christmas gifts or are providing produce and refreshments to be sold in Flitcham’s community centre.
Val Blackmur, Eileen Jarvis, Elizabeth Osborne, Monica Mortensson and Patsy Young are the driving force behind this latest chapter of a scheme which began two years ago with the modest intention of raising money to buy a piece of garden furniture for the hospice then still being built.
One of the original instigators, Val Blackmur, remembers it well: “We had a coffee morning with stalls selling produce. We hoped to make £500 but instead raised an amazing £3,250.”
“It was a remarkable amount of money for such a small village,” said Eileen Jarvis.
Such generosity by residents made the group of enthusiasts change their minds.
“The hospice suggested we could instead put the money towards equipping and furnishing a quiet room,” said Mrs Blackmur.
The room will be used both to provide a few moments of quiet for anyone using the hospice and by the bereavement team.
The group thought they could do better than that and set out to raise the whole £7,000 themselves.
Since then two further fundraising efforts have brought the total to £4,285 and it is hoped this weekend’s bazaar will bring them much closer to their target.
The community centre, decked out in Victorian fashion, will welcome visitors between 9.30am-2pm.
Dressed in Victorian costumes the five friends will be hoping for a big turn-out to help the hospice which caters for those with life-limiting illnesses, their families and friends.