Community celebration will raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care

There are high hopes a day for the whole community will prove a hit and help raise funds for a charity caring for people at the end of their lives.

The Herringswell Festival Group will be staging a day filled with activities and are hoping as many people as possible will support them as they endeavour to raise as much as possible for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Formed in 2015, the festival group’s founding members, who live in Herringswell, are all long-time friends.

Having organised an event every year since they started, the group have picked Sunday, May 20, for this year’s occasion as it marks the feast day of St Ethelbert, the saint the village’s church is dedicated too.

Yvonne Holman, from the festival group, explained they had chosen to raise funds for the hospice due to the connection many of those living in the village has with the charity.

“This small village has several people who have benefited from the support and services from the dedicated hospice nursing team,” she said.

Following an hour-long celebration service in the church, which starts at 11am, there will be a beer festival running from midday until 6pm, which will take place in the paddock next to the church in The Street.

A warm welcome is extended to anyone who wants to come along on the day, with the event including a beer and cider tent plus ploughman’s lunches for sale, cakes and other refreshments.

To mark the royal wedding which is set to take place the day before there will also be a wedding dress display in the church, as well as a make a posy for Meghan competition.

There will also be miniature garden competitions for the children and a ‘flying saints’ competition will take flight from the church tower too.

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