Thousands of pounds raised for church at fete in Holme-next-the-Sea

Holme Fete'The rector, Susan Bowden-Pickstock, tries her hand at a game of dice watched by, from left - Daniel Fitzgerald, Len Collins and Alan Bays ANL-151208-094704001
Holme Fete'The rector, Susan Bowden-Pickstock, tries her hand at a game of dice watched by, from left - Daniel Fitzgerald, Len Collins and Alan Bays ANL-151208-094704001
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Blue skies greeted a well-established fete which was held at the weekend in support of a West Norfolk coastal community’s church.

The event was held in the grounds of David Gorton’s Whitehill Farm at Holme-next-the-Sea on Saturday and is expected to have raised thousands of pounds for the village’s St Mary’s Church.

Holme Fete'A bike with reversed controls fooled  most contestants.  Here Ben Buck tried to turn left but the bike went right and he bit the dust ANL-151208-094716001

Holme Fete'A bike with reversed controls fooled most contestants. Here Ben Buck tried to turn left but the bike went right and he bit the dust ANL-151208-094716001

Paul Reynolds, a member of the local parochial church council (PCC), said, “It’s a traditional fete with many of the traditional games and stalls.”

Hunstanton Town Band provided music, refreshments were in the capable hands of Kathy Hewson and Janet Foster and Jane Reynolds found the cakes on their stall sold out like, well ... hot cakes.

The stalls themselves ranged from the more conventional plants, bric-a-brac and a display of local art to competitions such as fishing for ducks, card and dice games and the challenge of riding a bicycle with a mechanically maladjusted mind of its own.

Mr Reynolds said: “We’re very grateful to our residents and a number of regular holidaymakers who each year man around 25 stalls. We expect to raise some £3,000 which will be used for the general upkeep of the church.”

The rector, Susan Bowden-Pickstock was also full of praise for the fete and those who made it possible.

“It’s a team effort, a lot of hard work and a fantastic achievement,” she said.

“Because it is so well-established people come to it from far and wide. The band, especially, draws the crowds.”