Breakfasting in South Creake

Author: Alison Wakeman

Published on: 24 March 2017

Our small village, although it has probably up to 40% holiday/second homes, has an attractive modern building - the Memorial Pavilion.

It has all facilities and is central, and visible, on the main Fakenham/ Burnham Market Road.

We chose the Saturday of the May Holiday weekend to catch the maximum number of people likely to be in the village, and to attract the passing holiday trade.

We were supported brilliantly by friends in the village with publicity. Every home was leafletted with fliers. A4 posters were dotted around all four villages of our Benefice and beyond. We spread the word via the Diocese, our church and village websites, the EDP etc. and Julian and Christian Aid with their publicity machinery.

A local butcher donated sausages. We have a retired chef in our congregation. It was, amazingly, a sunny Bank Holiday! We sold cakes, books and plants, and had a raffle.

We didn’t sell tickets in advance so had no idea of numbers. Over 70 people came which exceeded our expectations. We raised £684.53 (not including Gift Aid), and we did our second house to house a month or so later, so were able to donate £945.86 to the annual Christian Aid appeal.

It was a good experience; we learned a lot. We would do it again.

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Alison Wakeman

Churchwarden, South Creake (Parish)

37 Back Lane
NR21 9PP

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