South Creake had something of a red letter day on Saturday when residents were able to take a first close look at the brand new Memorial Pavilion.
The building, which acts as the village hall for South Creake, threw open its doors for a Christmas Craft Fair, ahead of the official opening early next year.
The spacious, light and airy interior was crammed with 24 craft stalls which needed to be well-stocked to withstand the packed crowds that flooded in for most of the day.
The village had obviously taken the new £750,000 building to heart.
Pavilion trustee, Robin Maslin said: “Stallholders are mostly from South Creake and the surrounding villages.”
The enthusiasm for the event was underlined by one resident, Hazel Blythe, offering Christmas decorations and sweetmeats. “I just started to this to support the village,” she said.
Another stall offered customers the chance to make the own beeswax candles, whilst spread across three rooms were stalls for rustic decorations, knitwear, embroidery, quilted items, ceramics, wood-turning, Christmas cards, dress accessories and sumptuous cup-cakes that sold like the proverbial hot cakes.
One stall even championed recycling by offering cross body bags made out of re-cycled jeans, no two being to the same design.
It had not taken long to find the stallholders after the event was advertised in the local village newsletter, the Creake News.
“In four weeks we were fully booked,” said Mr Maslin, who added that the organisers were overwhelmed by the number of people who had come to the pavilion’s first event.
It is estimated that 450 people came through the doors and the event raised £1,366 that will go towards pavilion funds.