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Haughley Festival raises money for Macmillan Unit

Pip Jackson, Mary Shave, Charlotte Karlsson-Grant, David FleetwoodThe week long Haughley Festival, which featured an array of attractions and events and attracted a host of people from the village and further afield, has been hailed a success with up to £4,500 being raised.

The bulk of the money has gone to the local community but 25 per cent, a total of £1,154.54, has been donated to the My WiSH Charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

It has been directed towards the Macmillan Unit at the hospital which organisers of the festival said they wanted to support.

The event, which ran from May 25 to June 2, opened with a traditional Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church, an art and craft exhibition in the Maxwell Charnley Community Room, judging of the Festival Bake Off competition and singing with the London Welsh Male Voice Choir.

Throughout the week there was a variety of things to attract people including a Fun Dog Show, Haughley Choir and Friends “Road to Freedom” concert, Family Festival Fun at Gallowsfield Wood where participants were able to be a nature detective followed by a camp fire and bring your own barbecue, and entertainment from folk duo The Kimberleys.

The festival concluded with a celebratory Big Sing in the church.

David Fleetwood, the chair of the festival committee, said the event has grown from just being a flower festival into a week which featured a number of other attractions and entertainment to attract people of all ages.

“It’s grown from being a two to three-day flower festival into something a bit bigger now and we thought it would be good to embrace the local community and make it more attractive for families.”

And he said that they wanted to raise money for the Macmillan Unit as many people have been linked with those who have been treated for cancer.

“Everyone seems to know someone who has been affected by cancer in one way or another and we thought it would be really good to donate to a worthwhile charity which people can relate to,” he added.

Money was raised from ticketing to some of the events plus the launch and sale of two local books … “The History of Haughley Castle” written by local baker Kieron Palmer, and “Herbert Hart of Haughley Green” by Colin Hart.

Sue Smith, head of fundraising, thanked everyone at Haughley and added “it is so lovely to see a community come together like this, what an amazing array of events for everyone to enjoy. By supporting My WiSH Charity this money will come back to their hospital ensuring it benefits the local community which is just so important.”

Written by Russell Cook 

Pictured are Pip Jackson, church warden, Mary Shave, Charlotte Karlsson-Grant and David Fleetwood.


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