Bonjour, Great Bircham
Pictured: (R to L) Christine Barrass, Malcom Sargent, Diana Hall, Rev. Peter Cook, Annie Bagworth.

A blustery weekend didn’t dampen the French spirit that permeated throughout Great Bircham on Saturday 10th August as St Mary’s Church hosted their ninth annual French fair.

The church and its grounds were transformed into a quintessential French market with stalls selling pastries, local preserves, a BBQ, crafts, health and beauty products, and more.

Despite the wind proving a nemesis to the gazebos and tents, the lively spirit of those taking part remained undeterred.

Inside the church was a book sale, a buffet and more refreshment stalls for visitors to purchase.

Around £6,000 was raised in total with roughly 1,100 visitors descending upon the church, a number slightly lower than normal likely due to the poor weather.

Organiser Malcom Sargent said: “We need a new floor in the church after taking it up because of dry rot and we would like to build some toilets and have some heating to make the church more of a community space, so we aim to raise money for this today.”

“The French fair is about bringing the community together and having a bit of fun. We have more stalls than ever this year. We wanted more of a French theme and to keep that going.”

Birchamfair
Pictured: Great Bircham resident helpers (R to L) Sasha, Jackie and Peter with their fresh bakes.