Church Fayre

Last updated on November 24th, 2017 at 12:48 am

image showing a beautiful green lawn and old yew hedge with house and church in background
The Beeches

st.mary's traditional summer church-fayre banner

The Walsham-le-Willows annual summer fayre in support of St. Mary’s Church is a quintessential English village event.  Held in the grounds of The Beeches (courtesy of the late Dr Russell and now his daughter Penelope) on lovely lawns, surrounded by beautiful mature trees and well maintained grounds, it is one of those events that can just make you stop and let out a deep breath with a feeling of all being well in the world.

If you have never yet attended it is a must for adults and children alike.  For children (and some adults) the event kicks off at 12 midday with the now well established activity of parachuting teddies from the St. Mary’s church tower (teddies are escorted to the top by event organisers, not teddy owners!).  Find out how to prepare your teddy for the big day.

From 12 midday also, at The Beeches a delicious brunch is served which includes hot beef rolls and hot dog rolls all at very reasonable prices.

At 1pm, another tradition of  this lovely event is the opening by the vicar.  This year our new Vicar, Phillip Merry and his wife Denise, as guest’s of honour, will perform the official opening of the Fayre.

At 2pm the Punch & Judy Tent opens and the John Hubbard Country & Western Band strike up to give a charming musical backdrop to this part of the day.   A chance to park the kids and take a look around at all the stalls and spend some money in a good cause.


All the usual stalls and attractions will be there, including, Cake stall, Tombola, Two Raffles will be held, Ice Cream, Gingerbread House, Books/DVD/CD stall, Bowling for the Pig, Lucky Numbers, White Elephant (Nearly New), Bring & Buy, Jigsaw Puzzles stall, Guess the Weight of a Cake, Guess How Many Sweets in a Jar, Name the Dog, Plant stall, Guess How Many Dried Peas in a Bottle, Skee Bowls, Coconut Shy, An Auction of Lovely Things and of course delicious Walsham teas and cakes.

At 3.30pm the traditional children’s races are compered by the redoubtable John Stebbing with his loud hailer.  This is a great event that really makes the whole thing very worthwhile.

graphic of cup of tea in blue and white cup with orange rimAt 4.30pm the prize giving kicks off.  Hang around over that last drink or a cup of tea, to see if you have won anything.

At 5pm the whole event has to be cleared away.  Many hands make light work so if you don’t mind helping a little this is very much appreciated.

Entrance via Church Pathway, Grove Road and Memorial Hall Car Park

Adults £1  and Children FREE

graphic of under construction sign hanging on ropeA gallery of images from previous Church Fayres will be uploaded here.



Help is always appreciated on the day, setting up and taking down.  If you are new to the village it is a great way to get to know people and join in with the fun.


Jeannie Bloomfield | 01359 258596
John Stebbing | 01359 259061