St. James - Church Fete
Saturday 9th September
Despite changeable weather there was only one heavy shower at St James’ Fête at Normanton on Soar, when 250 people were attracted to the beautiful riverside setting. It was a pleasure to see new people there with their children, and to welcome Cllr Mrs Maureen Stockwood (Deputy Mayor of Rushcliffe) to open the fete with the Revd Michael Brock.
The stalls, the cakes, teas, Pimms, barbecue and ice cream all proved popular as did the raffle and tombola with some wonderful prizes. The Soar Boating Club kindly provided two boats to give the passengers a view of Normanton from the river, and the Chain Ferry was open for walkers. During the afternoon, Ken Godfrey’s Central Jazz Band gave great enjoyment to all in the Churchyard, and to give them a well-earned break, Normanton on Soar Village Choir entertained those enjoying their teas in this beautiful church, while the rain fell in a dramatic fashion outside!
The fête is an annual event and Church members were delighted to raise a larger sum than ever before: £3,600 towards caring for the fabric of the Church, so that it can be kept in good order for future generations. The Church is very grateful for the support of so many people to make this popular event possible.