New team steps up to save long-running Burnham Market fair
Burnham Market’s annual craft fair, started 42 years ago, has been saved from closure after new organisers stepped in.
The driving force behind the new team is Lucinda Reddyhoff, a digital web designer from East Rudham.
She is working with Linda Craig and long time craft fair stalwart, Lawrence Rubin, to sift through 200 applications for the 105 stalls that will cover the green in the Market Place during the event in August.
The fair was originally the brainchild of village residents the late Princess Diana’s aunt, Lady Margaret Douglas-Home, and Anne Cringle.
Almost from the start it attracted thousands of visitors and quickly established itself as one of the most popular craft fairs not only in Norfolk but the surrounding counties.
Mrs Reddyhoff said: “I stepped forward because I couldn’t bear the thought of it not continuing. Fewer volunteers are stepping forward these days to support village organisations and events.
“Recently, for example, gardening clubs in Burnham Market and North Creake have closed.”
“The benefits of bringing such a talented array of craftspeople together, the lovely atmosphere on the day and the financial benefits make it all worthwhile.
“I just think it a shame that we can’t fit in half of the applications we receive each year but I hope those who are disappointed will apply again next year."
The fair raises up to £7,000 each year which is donated to local charities and organisations.
The trio do all the preparatory work but a dedicated band of volunteers help stage the event on the day.
“Without them the craft fair could not possibly continue,” said Mrs Reddyhoff, who has also taken over the management of several village newsletters.
She is now overseeing the Burnham’s Newsletter, the Norfolk Link which covers an area around Old Hunstanton, Holme-next-the-Sea and Thornham, and the Creake News, which is now published monthly.
Mrs Reddyhoff spent many years in London running a commercial art studio and did work for most of the major advertising agencies.
But she and her husband, Nick, who run digital media company Hoffhaus Design, moved to Norfolk so that they could enjoy a better quality of life.