December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
The sounds of children’s laughter and the smell of freshly barbecued treat filled the air on Saturday as the Old Buckenham fete got underway.
Children watched a magic show, pets took to the grand ring for a gun dog show and dancers braved the scorching sunshine to put on a zumba performance.
The traditional fete, which is held in the ground of the village hall every year, helped to raise money for a number of different charities.
Steve Milner, chairman of the fete committee, said: “All of the stalls were run by local organisations including the WI, the pre-school and the players.
“This year we were particularly lucky that out fete was opened by town crier, Peter Frost.
“The fete has been held in the village for as long as I can remember.”
And while thousands of locals attended, one special guest had travelled nearly 5,000 miles
Ken Self travelled from his home near Portland, Oregon, to the south Norfolk village where he was researching his family history.
“So far I have traced my family back to 1841. My great great grandfather lived in Banham and one of his sons moved to Old Buckenham.
“This is not my first trip to the UK but it is my first time in Old Buckenham.”
During his visit, he stayed in a bed and breakfast and visited New Buckenham mill, both of which were previously owned by his descendents.
Mr Milner added: “The fete was all about children enjoying themselves.
“We would like to thank everyone who turned up and made it a success.”
The village hall committee is also organising a range of other events this year including a cinema which is powered by cyclists on September 13. Cyclists will pedal to power a generator and the Wizard of Oz will be shown.
On September 14, the committee is organising a barn dance in the Blister Hangar at Old Buckenham Airfield.