Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Advent 15 Christmas Fairs

We live between 2 villages and each  has a Christmas fair to go to. The first is the Cancer Research Sale in Knodishall village hall  on the last Saturday in November. It's always well supported and they have a huge prize drawer, a table of bits and bobs, books and then other village charities have their own stalls there too. They also have mulled wine and mini mince pies - for free! Very Festive and packed full of people.



I biked down and came home with a basket for a hamper -50p. 6 gold crackers- £1. Old Spice After Shave for Col's dads Christmas hamper - 50p. Some tiny heart shaped candles for someones Christmas  present - 50p and the River Cottage Veg book for £1.
 They raised over £3,000. Of course I didn't win a price in the draw - never do.

On the other hand, it was the Christmas fair in aid of the village hall in  Friston last Saturday and it's so sad to see how it has shrunk since we came to live here. Just  a few elderly ladies with a few donated items for sale and some cakes. 20  years ago it would be packed out with people, holly,  mistletoe,cakes,crafts and decorations for sale. I didn't buy anything or take any photos - too depressing and once again didn't win a price in the draw!

Knodishall is a thriving village with a primary school, church, playgroup, chapel, pub, shop and village hall. Friston is closer to the up-market seaside resort of Aldeburgh and is two-thirds second/ holiday homes and even though several new homes have been built they've almost all been sold to be used as second homes or to be let as holiday homes. There is a church, pub ( open and shut several times over the last 15 years -open again at the moment) and the village hall and that's it. I've said before that I'm the only person who uses the library van when it stops there, it seems to be a dying village and at this time of year when the holiday cottages are empty it already looks dead.

Thank you for comments yesterday and Welcome to Frugal Fingers and sumdayiwillc,  new followers, blogger won't let me see if you have a blog today so let me know if you have.

Back Tomorrow
Sue

36 comments:

  1. Such a shame about Knodishall and all the other communities that suffer as a result of second homes stood empty. We had a weekend in Robin Hood's bay a week or so ago and I asked about the same thing as it seemed very quiet. The same's happened there - apparently only one-third of the cottages are lived in by families and the rest are 2nd homes/holiday lets. But on the other hand it's said that had it not been for tourists and outside buyers the village would have disappeared long ago. I do feel for the locals though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. When I wait for the library van in Friston, I rarely see a single person

      Delete
  2. They sound like they were good fairs. You did well on the tings you bought
    Julie xxxxxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. One good fair and one poor one and No draw prize wins!

      Delete
  3. I never win prizes in any raffle or draw either. What a shame your other village Christmas Fair is dying a death - I guess too many 2nd homers spoil the broth.

    You got some good buys at the first one though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The first fair is always a scrum with people rummaging through all the "white elephant"

      Delete
  4. Isn't it interesting how some communities thrive while others seem to die. I like to find out about the history of places (did the railroad go through there, was there a mill, was there a school...) all things that equalled a vibrant community many years ago. -Jenn

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Friston once had a primary school and a shop and a windmill but because it's closer to the sea it's now mainly just holiday homes.

      Delete
  5. Good score on the things you bought from the fair.
    Our local fair is this Sunday but it's called Postal Day. You can take all of your local Christmas cards down and pay for them to be hand delivered by the scouts. They also have a few stalls.
    Such a shame to hear about a dying village.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We are able to take cards to a collecting point for scouts to deliver but only for the county town of Ipswich. It is a good fundraiser for them

      Delete
  6. is that The Old Chequers? Trying to think if I've been there. I am sure Bill would know it, he sold pubs for 25 years in and around EA.

    Got to cut this short, Violet is home and very poorly. Just surfing in between clearing up sick. Always lovely! :o/ x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes The Old Chequers was brilliant when we first came and then the owner went off to run the Froize at Chillisford and it's been open/shut/open/shut and open again
      Poor Violet, hope it's just a 24 hour thing

      Delete
  7. The young are priced out and transported out of rural communities. My friend however newly arrived on the Isle of Bute, says as a young family they are really welcome there!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There are several housing association houses in Friston but everything else is mainly second homes, shame

      Delete
  8. It is so sad when the houses up for sale become holiday or second homes and the young can no lon ger find anywhere affordable to live.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They re-furbished an old house and built 4 new on the site - all sold as holiday homes!

      Delete
  9. I wonder if the governments plans on a higher stamp duty on second homes holiday homes and buy to lets will put people off, I dont think there is a threshold either, although it may go the other way and mean it will take longer for people to sell.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I heard something about that but didn't hear the details, I suppose it's just a one off when bought?

      Delete
  10. Just hearing you mention the word "Aldeburgh" makes me long to visit Suffolk again, but it's such a trek for us oldies, 334 miles from door to door, so we'd need to do it in at least two stages, and with the M25 to negotiate, too. We're not wussies, but we know we're older now and just wish that Scottie could beam us up and drop us on Aldeburgh sea front, just like that!
    What bargains you found at the Fair! Well done, you!
    We attended a funeral today, and while these things are inevitably sad, the reception (they used to be called wakes) at Torquay's Grand Hotel was lovely. Sadly, the view of Torbay was obscured by thick mist, but that's what happens when there is rain combined with mild temperatures.
    Devon's prettiest villages, especially the coastal ones, are awash with second homes that are owned but only lived in for part of the year.
    Margaret P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'd love a transporter system too to avoid traffic jams on the road
      Being as far east as possible it always takes us an age to even get out of the county when we travel anywhere

      Delete
  11. What a difference in the villages.
    Quite sad. wouldn't it be great to build some homes that could be affordable for young families that work at the bigger resort town.

    cheers, parsnip

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think that when larger housing estates are built they do have to build some affordable homes but when builders are just doing 1 or two houses as infill in villages they love to call them executive housing!= expensive!

      Delete
  12. I am glad that one of the fairs was so good! They must have worked incredibly hard to raise that amount of money at those prices, that really is great isn't it! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's very well supported with businesses all donating things and packed out with people - even dealers searching among the bric a brac in case they find something worth a lot

      Delete
  13. I have HOW'S Veg book and it is so useful! Really recommend trying the fruit book too, it's just as good.
    X x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'd borrowed it from the library before but nice to find a copy at such a bargain price

      Delete
  14. I'm not lucky at all in raffles either. What a shame about the fair in Friston. Are the second/holiday homes so expensive that locals can't afford them, or aren't there that many local people needing houses in the area due to having to move away for jobs etc? xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I really don't know why I buy draw tickets as I never win a prize - but i remain ever hopeful!

      Delete
  15. Great buys. You are lucky living by a good community spirited village/s.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We've never found either village very welcoming, I guess because we are a mile + away from both we don't feel we belong to either

      Delete
  16. Just read S B B Eyes post - so very sad. I know you follow her too. My thoughts and prayers with her family

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What a shock for them all, very sad news indeed.

      Delete
  17. These apsort of things are really Christmassy, love it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello, just found your new frugal blog. I look forward to reading. Love the little cabin picture and the sentiments with it

      Delete
  18. You didn't need to win a prize, you got some real bargains there. The River Cottage book for £1 ... result :-)

    ReplyDelete
  19. What marvellous finds you came home with and it all helped towards raising money- a win, win situation.
    It's such a shame about the village Christmas fair, I love a fair to mooch around, it helps with the festive feeling.
    Lisa x

    ReplyDelete