West Norfolk’s civic head has spoken of the importance of events like summer fetes in bringing communities together.
The comments came following the ribbon cutting by West Norfolk mayor David Whitby and his wife Linda at the grand opening of St Faith’s Anglican and Methodist Church fete at Gaywood.
The civic couple were popular VIP guests at the fete held in the church rooms on Saturday.
Mr Whitby said such family-friendly events played an important role in bringing communities together to enable people to chat and get to know each other better.
He thanked the fund-raising committee, under the direction of Ann Ess, for their hard work in organising the event.
Churchwarden Richard Parr, who welcomed the civic couple, told visitors that the church was saying farewell to its popular curate the Reverend Zoe Ferguson.
The Reverend Ferguson took her final service on Sunday before moving from Gaywood to take up her new role as priest-in-charge of the Mundford and West Tofts Benefice.
Mr Parr said: “We will all miss Zoe’s lively and enthusiastic style of worship and are sad to see her go.
“We wish her every happiness and success in her new ministry at Mundford.”
St Faith’s new rector, the Reverend Julie Boyd, is due to be installed into her new role at a service at St Faith’s on Monday, July 4.
At a farewell reception after Sunday’s morning service, The Reverend Ferguson was presented with a home communion set, a painting of a stained glass window in St Faith’s by church member Tatiana Halliday, a cheque and a bouquet.
The fete, which attracted a large numbers of adults and children, raised around £1100 for general church funds.