Dancing in the street at the village’s fete
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.
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.
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.
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.”