Church fete rakes in more than £12k

HOLD TIGHT: Samuel Fern, four, rides the railway.
HOLD TIGHT: Samuel Fern, four, rides the railway.

Traditional features combined with a record number of stalls and sideshows for all ages resulted in a bumper church fete in Nayland.

Warm sunshine attracted hundreds of villagers and visitors to the playing field which was packed all afternoon on Monday.

Thanks to the fete’s popularity, a record £12,951 profit was made. This money will go towards the St James’ Fabric Fund to help with the upkeep of the village church.

Fete committee chairman Andora Carver said: “It was a brilliant day and wonderful to see so many people there having such fun.

“Our thanks go to the stallholders and everybody who gave all the lovely things we had to sell.”

One of the highlights was an impressive display of more than 30 gleaming classic cars ranging from Austin 7s to racy sports models and several Rolls Royces.

Well-stocked stalls did a roaring trade and the sideshows included a new traditional tombola, coconut shy and a crockery smash.

A variety of children’s races, novelty adult sports and a tug-of-war competition were organised by Terry Bannister.

Making its 16th appearance, the Victory Jazz Band entertained spectators with its catchy brand of traditional jazz during the afternoon.

Nayland fire brigade’s engine was also in attendance with the crew on hand to let people inspect the vehicle and sit behind the wheel.