PICTURES: Fun in the sun as Alpheton and Shimpling unite for summer fete
Villagers turned out in their hundreds to support the Alpheton and Shimpling churches fete on Saturday.
Held in the grounds of Chadacre House, the fete raised around £5,000 for St George’s Church in Shimpling, and St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Alpheton.
Church Rector the Rev Matthew Lawson said: “Given we have two grade I listed buildings, this amount really helps.
“We have the fete every two years and this venue is quite special in that it was previously an agricultural college where a lot of people trained.
“We are very grateful to the current owners of Chadacre House for allowing us to hold the fete here.”
He said the fete was not only important in terms of raising money for the churches but also a great opportunity to bring villagers together.
“It was very well run by the organising team and succeeded in its aim of providing a great community event,” he said.
As well as traditional stalls, such as a coconut shy and splat the rat, the fete featured a display of classic cars and tractor rides around the estate.
There was also a gun dog display and pony rides, and fun races for families.
Mr Lawson added: “I was compèring, and we had a bad joke competition. It was great to wander around and get people to participate.”