Fete goes down a storm ...

Latest lifestyle and leisure news from the Suffolk Free Press, suffolkfreepress.co.uk, @sfpsudbury on Twitter
Latest lifestyle and leisure news from the Suffolk Free Press, suffolkfreepress.co.uk, @sfpsudbury on Twitter

The sun shone, the crowds turned out, and Saturday’s Alpheton and Shimpling church fete proved a huge success.

Hurried repairs had to be carried out after Friday night’s strong winds blew away some of the tents and stands that had been set up earlier in the day.

An army of volunteers descended on the cricket ground in Chadacre the next morning to repair the damage.

By the time the fete started at 1pm, it was wall-to-wall sunshine, and it stayed that way for the rest of the day.

It is thought to be first fete held at Chadacre since the 1950s when it was an agricultural college and W R Seward was the principal.

Traditional stalls and games proved popular, while visitors were able to try their hand at archery courtesy of Tudor Archers.

Lavenham Falconry and Gipping Valley Sheepdogs put on displays, and the ever popular terrier racing attracted a large number of entries.

Music came mainly from Boxted Methodist Silver Band, while Green Dragon Morris Men entertained.

Comedian Jim Davidson – a friend of the owners of Chadacre estate – put in a brief appearance to encourage people to support the silent auction.

Given the weather, the longest queues were at the beer and Pimm’s tent, where supplies came close to running out.