The sun shone, the sky was blue and the third Harvest Moon Festival at Stanhoe on Saturday was judged to be another great success.
Organised by Pauline Daisley-Brown and her daughter, Ria Farncombe, it was a day when visitors could forget the stresses of everyday life and unwind to the music of 12 different groups or soloists as they sauntered around a range of stalls or relaxed on rugs and let the music wash over them.
Last year the event was held in conjunction with Drove Orchards Apple Day at Thornham. “This year I wanted to try it out as a stand alone event,” said Ms Daisley Brown. “
The aim of the festival is to introduce activities and demonstrations linked to the countryside.
“We are trying to promote a more gentle, environmentally friendly way of living. Something to feed the mind, body and spirit,” said Ms Daisley-Brown, “and at the same time provide a change of scene for children.”
One of the more colourful musical acts were the Fakenham-based Norfolk Gallery Quire.
They specialize in music by Norfolk composers. “We are the singing history of Norfolk,” said their musical director, Alan Hollingdale.
Eighteenth and 19th century church music is their speciality, and from a period when musical instruments, now mostly long-forgotten, were called shawns, sackbuts, lysards, rebecs and citterns.
Fakenham-based John Mallett showed off blacksmithing skills that are thousands of years old; hand-made jams featured and Whinhill Cider from Wells demonstrated that more can be done with apples than just making pies, while the Fox micro brewery from Heacham proved that small is good.
Profits from the day will go towards the Change of Scene charity which provides sanctuary for children and rescued animals.
“We’ve had a wonderful response. I’m so pleased,” said Ms Daisley-Brown.