Hats off to Hardingham for fun day
MY hat! Hardingham is not just a pretty village but a busy one.Lots of groups and clubs flourish there, among them the cricket team, a book club, youth club, one of the oldest-established Women's Institutes in Norfolk and a textiles group.
MY hat! Hardingham is not just a pretty village but a busy one.
Lots of groups and clubs flourish there, among them the cricket team, a book club, youth club, one of the oldest-established Women's Institutes in Norfolk and a textiles group.
And over this bank holiday weekend these bastions of community life will be celebrated collectively at Hats Off to Hardingham, a flower festival at St George's Church.
Alison Gibb, one of the organisers, said the aim was to reflect all the things that took place in what was a very active village. And the dozen or so floral displays being assembled for the festival would each contain some form of headgear to reflect the particular activity.
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Some organisations had used their ingenuity to come up with ways to incorporate an appropriate hat, she said. The book club arrangement, for example, should incorporate a first world war helmet in a display themed on the novel, Birdsong, and linked to the war memorial.
“I think some of the groups have been terribly innovative,” said Alison.
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The festival will be open from Saturday to Monday between 11am and 5pm and will feature occasional accompanied singing. On Sunday at 6pm there is a short recital for organ and voice in the church, followed by wine and canap�s; admission is �5 on the door.
Proceeds of the festival will be shared between the church - which is situated out of the main village towards Reymerston - and Hardingham Memorial Hall, where there are plans for a new kitchen, extra storage space and maybe an extra room.