Daffodils and scarecrows

Keith Skipper and Ian Prettyman are heading for Upwell to show how Norfolk and Suffolk can get on really well when it comes to a good night out.

The entertainers combine their talents and embrace the true coalition spirit for a Mardling and Music Evening at the Methodist Church on Saturday, March 23rd. Tickets for this event which include a buffet supper are £8 (or pay at the door £9) available from Jane Hurst on 01945-588282.

Keith, who has just completed a proud half-century as Norfolk scribe and mardler, will share some of his favourite yarns and verses as well as a Bible reading. Ian, a Methodist preacher based in Lowestoft, provides musical items, including a rousing medley on his melodeon.

Their show, which starts at 7.30pm, forms part of the church’s weekend Daffodil and Scarecrow Festival.

The church and gardens will be open on both days and the coffee bar serving tea, coffee and cakes. On sale will be Bill Smith’s book on the history of Upwell, mugs, quiz sheets (prize £25), DVDs and raffle tickets.

On the Saturday from 10am ~ 4pm there will be a craft fair in the rear hall. There will be a music workshop for children in the church from 10.30am - 11.30am and light lunches served from 11.30am - 1pm.

In the afternoon there will be live music in the church with activities for children in the Choir Vestry.

Judging of the scarecrows will take place at 3pm by local historian Bill Smith. The first prize is £20 and the second prize £10. To enter a scarecrow, ring Caroline Stittle on 01945-773884.

On the Sunday there is Community hymn singing at 10.15am and Palm Sunday service will be taken by the Rev David Ely at 10.30am.

Live music will be played in the church in the afternoon and the church and gardens will be open from 2pm to 5pm.

Money from the event is for church funds.