December 7 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A Fenland church put on its biggest event for several years on Saturday.
Hundreds of people were in attendance as St Wendreda’s Church, March, held a fun-packed Autumn Fayre and Flower Festival which raised more than £1,200 for church funds.
There were lots of stalls, re-enactment displays, a fun dog show, children’s games, a bouncy castle, cake and cup cake competitions, school choirs, a Tae Kwon Do display and more.
A flower festival was held inside the church hall, refreshments and button butties were served and historian Trevor Bevis, who has written 126 books on Fenland, gave guided tours.
Neale Wade Academy principal Jason Wing was on hand to open the event and the church’s new vicar Clifford Stocking, who will be inaugurated in November, attended with his family.
Former church warden Bob Slade said: “It was a very pleasing event. There must have been 200 to 300 people there at any time.
“The bacon butties sold out and the bouncy castle entertained the children.
“It was the biggest event we have put on for several years and we hope to repeat it in the future.”
The following day, the church unveiled it’s new underfloor heating system, an 18 month project which has cost £100,000 to install.
Mr Slade said: “It has already made a difference. We are now able to enjoy services inside the church instead of in the hall.
“But we are not done. Next on the agenda is renovating the south parapet, which will cost £11,000.
“Being a Grade I listed building means we constantly need to make sure we are up to scratch.”