Village festive fair is a big hit

HUNDREDS of villagers celebrated the start of the festive season on Sunday when Nayland with Wissington Community Council held its annual Christmas family fair in the village hall.

Numerous organisations took part, running a variety of stalls selling mulled wine, mince pies, cakes, calendars, decorations and other tempting seasonal fare.

A highlight of the event was Nayland Primary School choir singing carols and music by the school’s ukulele orchestra.

Transition Nayland organised a popular soup kitchen using locally-sourced ingredients, while Nayland Art Group arranged a display of paintings and Christmas cards by members.

Imaginative entries for a hanging decoration competition were praised by children’s author Mick Inkpen, who presented prizes to winners Honey Reagan, five, and Yasmin Gradwick-Light, nine.

Father Christmas was also there with his Elf and was kept busy as youngsters queued up to meet him.

Organiser Alex Badman said: “The fair was the first we’ve held on a Sunday and was a major success. It was brilliant to have the children singing and ending with a rousing chorus of Jingle Bells.

“We were so pleased to have Mick judging our competition, which was very well supported, and I must say a huge thankyou to community council members who helped decorate the hall.”

Organisations running stalls raised funds for themselves and £200 will go to the council.