Bargain hunters flock to Harpley festival

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With some 20 arts and crafts stalls packed into Harpley’s St Lawrence church there had to be something to appeal to every bargain hunter.

And the second Arts and Crafts Festival drew them in from far beyond the village.

The stalls completely filled the church, which was awash with colourful patchwork and quilts, knit-work, kiln-fired stained glass, mosaics and artwork – both oils and water colours – and photographs of the Norfolk countryside.

Craftsmen in wood showed off their skills and because it was autumn there was chutney for sale.

There were also a bakery and art competitions and children’s craft activities, including decorating biscuits and conjuring up animals out of vegetable parts.

But towering over it all was a display of the ‘Royal baptismal party’, gathered around the font to celebrate the latest Royal arrival.

Also present, but not in the flesh, were William and Kate with Princess Charlotte, each figure made up of small knitted squares of wool.

The tableau, loaned to the church for the occasion, was recently displayed as part of the Blossom and Yarn Festival at a group of six Wayland parish churches.

“We decided to have a festival because we have a lot of local talented artists and craftspeople,” said church warden Lucy Brown.

“They wanted to display their work and we had the space. It was a way of using this beautiful building.

“The church is well-loved in this village and a large amount of goodwill comes from an event like this.”

The Reverend Judith Bollard said: “People have worked amazingly hard and it’s wonderful to see local talent celebrated.”