Shouldham Thorpe Garden Fete

We awoke on the day of the fete to a glorious 1st of July, sunny and hot (maybe it was going to be too hot!). After the months of planning it was a relief that we weren’t going to need our backup venue in the old barns!

The gardens of Church Farm, so kindly made available to us by Dick and Nicola Hoff, looked wonderful, the sound of music filled the garden - courtesy of the DJs from Lynn Hospital Radio, and we were set.

There was a steady stream of visitors all afternoon, despite other events taking place in Germany that might have been a distraction. Everyone enjoyed fresh cream teas, locally brewed beer, played bowls to win a pig, and golf on the putting green. They also browsed the many stalls for plants, second-hand books, cakes, white elephants, and took part in the tombola and raffles and a host of other games. There were delicious salad vegetables and herbs that had travelled no “food miles” at all, just a few hundred yards from The Herbary.

There are too many benefactors to list everyone here but they included Anmer Oils, Bodgers Farm Studio Pottery, The Herbary, Andros UK, Barker Brothers Builders, Mr. & Mrs. W. Barr, Mr. Gordon Batterham, Tesco, Somerfield, and, of course, Peter Greenard’s generous donation of a Volvo, which was won in a “Guess My Birthday” raffle by Gordon Reid, deserves our special thanks.

We raised over £1,600 in total through everyone’s hard work and the generosity of the many friends of the village and local businesses. This fantastic result will help us a long way towards the upkeep of our lovely church, St. Mary’s.