Great Gaddesden’s feast of food, music and flowers fills the weekend

Tuck into choices cheeses at the show
Tuck into choices cheeses at the show

Bread, cakes, cheeses, chocolates, Christmas puddings, fruit and veg, farm foods, ice cream, fresh meats, sweets, olives and more will be on offer during Saturday’s Great Gaddesden Food Fayre.

There will be a barbecue and refreshments at the 11am to 4.30pm Great Gaddesden School fete. Entry is £1.50 for adults and free for children.

Headteacher Nikki Worsley said: “It is our second annual food fayre and it’s about good quality, local produce.

“It was a huge success last year and we are combining with the church, who are doing a flower festival over the course of the weekend. It is about creating a community feel and spirit and bringing local people together.”

The flower festival next-door at St John the Baptist Church lasts from Friday to Sunday.

There will be a classical concert on the Friday evening, a jazz concert on the Saturday evening and a Songs of Praise Service at 3pm on Sunday.

There will also be displays of paintings from artists Gordon Beningfield and Merlin Howells and the pupils of Great Gaddesden and Gaddesden Row schools.

Rev John Russell said: “Over a thousand years of history exists in our small countryside church on the outskirts of Hemel and Berkhamsted.

“Like all buildings of its age, it is in a constant state of repair and so we need to raise funds to preserve the church and its heritage for the people of our community and future generations to enjoy.”

The flower festival lasts from 12.30pm to 4.30pm on Friday, from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday and from 10.30am to 3pm on Sunday.

You can buy tickets to the classical concert for £20 by phoning 01582 840513, and to the jazz concert for £5 by phoning 07956 155726.