Village community comes together for feast of flowers, music and food in Great Gaddesden

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A feast of flowers, music and food helped to raise thousands of pounds for a village community at the weekend.

Great Gaddesden School offered up bread, cakes, cheeses, chocolates, Christmas puddings, fruit and veg, farm foods, ice cream, fresh meats, sweets, olives and more on Saturday.

Great Gaddesden Food Fayre and Flower Festival;   from left, Immy Wilkinson, Isabella Bayley and Eleanor Rudd all aged six.

Great Gaddesden Food Fayre and Flower Festival; from left, Immy Wilkinson, Isabella Bayley and Eleanor Rudd all aged six.

Neighbouring St John the Baptist Church was adorned with petals for a three-day flower festival from Friday afternoon.

The church also played host to a classical concert on Friday evening, a jazz concert on Saturday evening and a Songs of Praise Service on Sunday afternoon.

Vice-chairman of the Friends of Great Gaddesden School Clare Rudd said that all of the fayre’s food came from producers who are based nearby.

But she said: “The bouncy castle was the highlight for the children. They loved it.”

She said the fayre attracted close to 400 people, raising £1,200 for the school.

About £4,000, before expenses, was raised by the flower festival and concerts towards the upkeep of the church, which dates back to the 12th century.

Mrs Rudd said: “It is nice that the community has managed to work together to create a really good, big event.”