Today was our Family and Spider day, and it was lovely. We had a good crowd, with lots of families. We invited them to choose a name for the Giant Spider and then we had a public vote, with the top two chosen: Webster and Aranha, which is Portuguese for spider. All the children who participated were given a prize of a spider cupcake, donated by Frederick’s Fine Foods.
The mayor of Diss, Sonia Browne, presided over the naming ceremony and we then welcomed the newly named spider to Fair Green. We also had a display of living creepy crawlies, that you could hold and touch, from Ellie from Banham Zoo, plus face painting, a lovely folk band performance from Stanton Folk Group, and our usual tea and cake stall.
It has been a long time coming, but the Giant Spider has finally been installed. It may be scary, but it is very friendly and loves having children sit and climb on it.
It was discussed by the community at the last two Fair Green Annual General Meetings, and has been funded through S106 developer contributions from the Longmeadow development in Diss & Roydon.
We commissioned it from Andy Harland, a local artist working at Hearts of Oak artists cooperative at Coney Weston near Garboldisham. We are planning a family Open Day for the Spring, at which it will be officially opened, with lots of activities and ceremonies.
Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Sunday 17th June
On Sunday 17th June there will be a family picnic with a Teddy Bear theme, from noon until 3 pm. There will be face painting, teddy bear stories, refreshments, Stanton Musicians playing folk music and enjoy a game of rounders. We will have a tea and cake stall, but bring your own picnic too.
Our next Car Boot sale – Sunday 8th July
As usual, we will be opening at 8 am, and will have a Fair Green tea and cake stall. Bag a bargain. Stalls are £5 per pitch.
Our marvellous Brocante for antiques and collectables – Saturday 18th August
These have been very special the past two years, and this one is promising to be just as good. A wide range of interesting stalls, plus tea, cakes and savouries from us. It will be on Saturday 18 August from 10am until 4pm. Stalls costs are £15.00 for a car and trailer or £20.00 for a van plus trailer.
If you have been following this, you will know that Monarch Water have bought the Jewsons site and applied for a change of use to ‘light industrial and storage’. This has now been granted. They will be assembling water softeners. We hope this will be low impact for Fair Green, with fewer vehicles coming, and not much noise or light pollution.
There are some conditions attached to the permission, including:
- The premises shall not operate other than between the hours of 08:00 and 17:30 Monday to Friday and 08:00 and 12:00 Saturday. The premises shall not operate on Sunday or public or bank holidays.
No external lighting shall be erected unless full details of its design, location, orientation and level of illuminance (in Lux) have first been submitted to and agreed in writing with the local planning authority. Such lighting shall be kept to the minimum necessary for the purposes of security and site safety and shall prevent upward and outward light radiation. The lighting shall thereafter be implemented in accordance with the approved details and shall be retained as such thereafter.
Sounds very positive! Let’s hope they will be good neighbours. Andy Rackham has met them and thinks they are nice people.
We had everything. Great weather, including some sunshine, lots of very interesting stalls, plenty of interested visitors, a great Fair Green stall selling tea, cakes and savouries.
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Last Saturday, 10th June, we had our family picnic for residents and their friends. We were blessed with lovely weather, but with quite a strong wind. Our usual tea stall was there too. We had two bands perform for us. … Continue reading