Village set to host hobbies exhibition

Burwell’s St Mary’s Church is the place to be this weekend if you have a special hobby or interest.

The hobbies and interests weekend has been organised by a group of Burwell residents as a showcase for people’s activities in the village and it will be the first event of its kind to be staged in the church.

One of the organisers, Paul Craske, said: “When we decided to put this event on we were not sure how it would be received. But when the applications went out, we had an amazing response, and now we have at least 32 enthusiasts taking part.”

The exhibit currently expected on show include model ships and boats, one of which took 2,000 hours to build, American quilting, oil painting, knitting, photography, amateur radio which will be broadcasting live during weekend, teapots, flower arranging, dragonflies at Wicken Fen, a pets’ corner and lots more which the organisers hope will not only entertain but also inspire visitors.

There will be live music from Burwell Folk Club and guests, choral music, and a ballet display during both days.

The event, which is being sponsored by Burwell garage Manchetts, is free to enter, but a donation would be appreciated and a programme will be on sale for £1.

All proceeds will go to the church’s Building to Serve project, which is raising funds to modernise the facilities in the church.

The installation of the new gas boiler last summer saw the completion of the first phase. The next which will cost around £190,000 will include new toilets, kitchen facilities, meetings rooms and improved storage space.