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PICTURES: Fun in the sun as Alpheton and Shimpling unite for summer fete


By Newsdesk Sudbury


Shimpling Fete - Long Melfiord Silver Band.Pic - Richard Marsham. (3191682)
Shimpling Fete - Long Melfiord Silver Band.Pic - Richard Marsham. (3191682)

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.

Shimpling Fete - Marion Knights demonstrates weaving.Pic - Richard Marsham. (3191684)
Shimpling Fete - Marion Knights demonstrates weaving.Pic - Richard Marsham. (3191684)

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.”

Shimpling Fete - Tim Jones takes aim.Pic - Richard Marsham. (3191681)
Shimpling Fete - Tim Jones takes aim.Pic - Richard Marsham. (3191681)

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.

Shimpling Fete - Lucy fudge, 12 tries her hand at bowling.Pic - Richard Marsham. (3191680)
Shimpling Fete - Lucy fudge, 12 tries her hand at bowling.Pic - Richard Marsham. (3191680)

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.”

Shimpling Fete - Long Melfiord Silver Band.Pic - Richard Marsham. (3191683)
Shimpling Fete - Long Melfiord Silver Band.Pic - Richard Marsham. (3191683)


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