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Charity fest for Ludham

PUBLISHED: 16:51 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:36 30 June 2010

SUNDAY is an important day for the beautiful Broadland village of Ludham, when several events will all benefit different charities.

The large and beautiful medieval church of St Catherine's in the centre of the village, which owes its magnificence to the fortunes of nearby St Benets Abbey, is the backdrop to an Arts and Crafts event.

SUNDAY is an important day for the beautiful Broadland village of Ludham, when several events will all benefit different charities.

The large and beautiful medieval church of St Catherine's in the centre of the village, which owes its magnificence to the fortunes of nearby St Benets Abbey, is the backdrop to an Arts and Crafts event.

Starting originally as Ludham's Hidden Treasures in 2005, the event has grown each year and last year had over a 1,000 visitors, not bad for a church in a small Broadland village. Each year the event showcases the great diversity of talents and skills of the villagers. One exhibit from last year still remains in the church, a large wall-hanging by local contemporary artist Marie Ryan.

This year there will be even more workshops and demonstrations as well as children's activities. There will be alpacas and sheep shearing and a return visit of the Norfolk Guild of Spinners and Weavers. Different village societies will be represented, as well as an interactive display by the thriving and award-winning Ludham Archive Group.

There will also be another chance to see the Millennium textile map of the village, as well as a film of its in official inauguration in January 2004. A giant raffle of original works of art and refreshments, courtesy of Ludham WI, in the Church Room, next door to the church, available throughout the exhibition, are just two more attractions.

The event is open 11am to 5pm and admission is free.

Saturday and Monday times of opening are 10am to 5pm.

The official opening of the Season of Music and the Arts 2010, with a wine reception is Saturday evening.

Sunday is also the day of the annual Ludham Fun Run, now in its 28th year, and this year organised by Jennie Sale and Helen Shorten. Registration is at 10am at Ludham Garage in the centre of the village. Walkers start just after 10am, runners at 10.30am.

Entrance is £2 per adult or child; all ages are welcome and there are classes for everyone, from small children to adults.

This year, the proceeds will be donated to Acorn House at Addenbrookes Hospital, which provides accommodation for parents whose children have long stays in the hospital.

Jennie Sale stayed in the accommodation when her daughter, Issy was in the hospital. Issy has once again, as in previous years, chosen the charity which will receive the proceeds. Issy and a friend will also be running a cake stall at the event in order to raise more money. Over the last few years Issy has raised quite a lot of money, particularly for different charities within Adenbrookes Hospital, by the Fun Runs and other village activities.

The Fun Run is very much a community event, with stewards being drawn from all members of the village, including the Parish Council.

On the Sunday afternoon, the beautiful gardens at the Mowle in Staithe Road, will be open from 2pm to 5pm in aid of Norfolk Wildlife Trust. There are approx 2.5 acres of garden to be viewed, with a broadwalk leading down to Womack Water. Entrance is £3, accompanied children are free; there will be teas and other stalls, including a plant stall.

So, an interesting and varied way to spend the Bank Holiday Sunday.


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