History displays are a crowd pleaser at feast

Helpringham Feast. Members of the Helpringham History Group L-R Eileen Stanley and Sue Johnson with a doll owned by Eileen. EMN-151008-130000001
Helpringham Feast. Members of the Helpringham History Group L-R Eileen Stanley and Sue Johnson with a doll owned by Eileen. EMN-151008-130000001

Helpringham Feast weekend saw visitors and former residents flocking to enjoy the fun goings on.

One of the organisers, Laraine Wright, said it went brilliantly, with the Feast getting off to a good start on Friday night with up to 60 people enjoying a brass band concert in St Andrew’s Church.

Helpringham Feast. L-R Helen Gibbs, Charlotte Gibbs 9 and Amelia Gibbs of Swaton on a church tower tour. EMN-151008-125927001

Helpringham Feast. L-R Helen Gibbs, Charlotte Gibbs 9 and Amelia Gibbs of Swaton on a church tower tour. EMN-151008-125927001

Then on Saturday and Sunday Helpringham History Society mounted an exhibition in the church on the theme of Helpringham work and play through the ages.

There were children’s games and toys including a 100-year-old doll, and all the tools of the village blacksmith.

There was also 
information and photos of 
the four mills which stood in Helpringham at one time.

The findings from a two year survey by the History Society of the village’s cemeteries was also on display.

Helpringham Feast. Bethany Kay 8 with Arry and Stephanie Leighton with Berty 8. EMN-151008-130024001

Helpringham Feast. Bethany Kay 8 with Arry and Stephanie Leighton with Berty 8. EMN-151008-130024001

There were guided tower walks and a flower display competition and refreshments, all raising a total of £1,000 towards church maintenance.

Mrs Wright said: “On Saturday we had at least 150 people through the church.

“We had quite a few people who used to live in the village make a return visit, which is what used to happen at the feast historically.”

On the Green on Saturday there were family fun events and stalls which raised money for ongoing maintenance and replacement of pads for the community’s automated defibrillator.

The Nags Head pub hosted a dog show and live music late into the evening.