Baroness Shephard of Northwold, former minister for Education in the Margaret Thatcher government, was enthusiastic about her afternoon at the re-launch of North Creake’s annual church fete last weekend.
“I’ve always loved garden fetes,” she said opening the event, “and this one is full of mouth-watering stalls.”
She then went on a spending spree at the fete in the grounds of the Old Rectory, owned by Richard and Kathy Chalk.
“We wanted to help the community,” said Mrs Chalk.
“And we are delighted with day. The atmosphere has been lovely and we’re bowled over by everyone’s generosity.”
One of the largest crowds seen at a village event for many years browsed the many attractions while either listening to Fakenham Town Band, watching a martial arts display by North Creake Tang Soodo Club or a dog show.
Mrs Val Rivers-Turner, chairwoman of the ten-strong organising committee, said that she and close friend Jane Faire were keen to support the re-launch of the fete.
“We wanted to make it a focus for the children of the village. We wanted a good old-fashioned fete with traditional stalls and side-shows. I was overwhelmed by the number of people who came.”
“Val and her committee deserve a pat on the back for the magnificent job they did,” said rector, Father Clive Wylie.
The event raised more than £4,000.