Visitors to St Faith’s Church Grand Garden Fete took a step back in time to the days of the old-fashioned garden party when it was staged on the extensive sun-drenched Rectory Garden lawn with its abundant and colourful borders.
There was a friendly, family atmosphere to the popular event which was officially opened by King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council’s deputy Mayor, Colin Manning and his wife, Julie, the deputy mayoress.
Just over £1,000 was raised and this money goes towards the upkeep of the historic church building on Gayton Road and the week-by-week pattern of worship and prayer.
Dozens of adults and children were waiting in an orderly queue on Saturday afternoon at 2pm when Mr Manning cut a tape across the entrance and declared the fete open.
In welcoming the fete-goers, Mr Manning said it was important that such church and village fetes continued to be held in 2014 because they brought people together socially and people enjoyed meeting up with their friends and family members for a couple of hours of fun and relaxation.
The civic couple, who enjoyed the event so much that they stayed for most of the afternoon, were escorted around the stalls and sideshows by St Faith’s team vicar the Rev Dale Gingrich. St Faith’s curate the Rev Zoe Ferguson, who is a relatively new member of the St Faith’s clergy team, enjoyed the opportunity of getting to know more parishioners
Among the “best-selling” goods were delicious, home-made cakes and preserves, White Elephant and the bottle stall. Popular games of chance included the tombola and the main raffle offering more than 20 prizes.
With the well-kept Rectory Garden bathed in warm sunshine, the ice-cream stall was doing a brisk trade and people took the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea in the refreshment area. church warden Gill Hiles led the catering team to provide savoury rolls, delicious cakes and tea and coffee.
St Faith’s senior church warden Richard Parr said everyone enjoyed a lovely, nostalgic afternoon, meeting up with old friends and taking home a few bargains.
He said: “St Faith’s Grand Fete continues a rich tradition going back decades. Many people spoke at Saturday’s event of how they remembered being taken to the fete by their parents. Those same people were now taking their grandchildren.
“We see the fete not only as an important fund-raising event, but equally, important, as an Outreach opportunity into the wider community of the King’s Lynn area.”