Dancing in the street at the village’s fete

Cream teas serving team Katie Tooke, Clare Haywood, Helen Morley and Lindsay Matthews.
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160619-185023009
Cream teas serving team Katie Tooke, Clare Haywood, Helen Morley and Lindsay Matthews. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160619-185023009
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They were dancing in the street at the Withersfield Village Fete on Saturday.

As far as the Newmarket-based Devils Dyke Morris team were concerned, it was not enough that villagers and visitors watched them perform on the village green.

Devils Dyke Morris Team got fete visitors joining in 
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160619-185352009

Devils Dyke Morris Team got fete visitors joining in Picture Mark Westley ANL-160619-185352009

The dancers encouraged people of all ages to take up their sticks and flags and join them dancing down the road.

And if you were still in the musical mood, the Haverhill Silver Youth Band were also playing.

The fete was very much a village affair, with villager volunteers organising, setting up and taking down everything themselves, as they have done for 20 years. They began restoring stalls back in May.

The popular cream teas featured home-made cakes and even the classic car display included three cars belonging to a villager.

Wellie whangers Georgia 10, Charlie 6 and Abbey 8 Hammond  ANL-160619-185457009

Wellie whangers Georgia 10, Charlie 6 and Abbey 8 Hammond ANL-160619-185457009

A local MG owners’ club also took along three classic sports cars.

Stalls and sideshows included plants, brick-a-brac, wellie whanging, a coconut shy, crockery smash, bottle stall, face painting and bowling.

Frozen’s Princess Elas was there for the villages’ little princesses and there was a grand raffle with prizes donated by villagers and local businesses.

There was also a special raffle for a bottle of 15-year-old whisky.

Freyja George aged 3 from Haverhill with Princess Elsa ANL-160619-185237009

Freyja George aged 3 from Haverhill with Princess Elsa ANL-160619-185237009

But if it was everything a traditional village fete should be, there was also a traditional cause behind the event.

The fete raises funds for the villages 13th century St Mary’s Church, raising money to cover maintenance of the historic landmark.

One of the organisers, Sheila Tibbenham, said: “It’s really a historic monument in the village and the money goes towards keeping it nice for everyone who lives here and visits.”