THE vicar of Henny is hoping for an up-lifting result at the village fete this weekend.
The Rev Margaret King will have a car boot full of hot air – literally – when the back of her Ford Fusion is filled to bursting with balloons blown up by the fete committee.
It is in aid of the Henny Fete taking place on Saturday from noon in the grounds of the Henny Swan pub, with proceeds going towards repairing woodpecker damage on the village church’s unique wooden steeple.
“We are having 15 games all together, and this is for the ‘guess how many balloons are in the vicar’s boot’ game,” said Mrs King. “The person who guesses how many or is the closest to the total will win a hamper.
“All the money raised at the fete is aid of organ repairs for the church and also to go towards repairs on the steeple and stonework.”
Mrs King, who is vicar of St Mary’s Church in Henny Street, Great Henny, said the wooden steeple is still being attacked by woodpeckers, and the latest damage needs repairing.
“We had a lot of damage a few years ago and put up a decoy steeple made of a telegraph pole hoping the woodpeckers would attack that instead,” she said. “But they seem to prefer the real thing. They made some big holes.”
The fete is being opened by Suffolk author and entertainer Charlie Haylock and stalls include crafts, homemade cakes, a book stall, art, cards and jewellery. The event finishes at 4pm.