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Helpston Church Gala

Helpston Church Gala was a great success on a Saturday in May and over £4,000 was raised owing to the enthusiasm of many people – not just from the church, but from the whole village

Local folk relaxed in the sunshine, out to enjoy the hunt for a bargain, traditional games like skittles or have a look at the vintage vehicles on display. Children enjoyed the bouncy castle and tea cup ride. The queue for hot dogs and burgers was enormous, the Pimms Stall was busy and DIY enthusiasts enjoyed browsing Joe Dobson’s stall of old tools – a clear out of Joe’s garage netted a substantial amount of money. As usual, one person’s rubbish is another’s bargain and toys, bric-a-brac and book stalls all did well. Every single plant on the Plant Stall found a good home. After two hours of good weather, the rain came down and villagers were able to enjoy a tea in the village hall. Most went home laden with bargains.

Following the Gala, an Open Air Service was held next day on the village green.  Rev Dave Maylor said the Gala had been held under a ‘prayer bubble’ with regard to the weather, which held fine for long enough to raise the funds needed. This year’s funds will be split with 50% going towards the church building and ministry, 10% to the Kisiizi hospital in Uganda and the remaining 40% to various local charities which have submitted acceptable bids.

The Gala reliably provides a time when visitors can relax, meet up with old friends and celebrate the special sense of community always in evidence at Helpston events. Next to look forward to is the John Clare Society Festival and the school fete on Saturday 13 July.

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