The Frost Queen(Mayor Wendy Stamp) alarming young visitors to Burnham at the train station. © 2018 Jennifer Williams, Burnham & Dengie Review

Festive Fayre, 2018

By Caroline Tichborne Sarychkin

2018 was the second year the Carnival Committee have run the annual Festive Fayre, with preparations beginning in earnest as soon as the Carnival was done and dusted.

We were very lucky that the East of England Co Op and David Wilson Homes gave generous sponsorship as even a smaller scale event has costs.

Any profits go to local charities and good causes.

The Ormiston Rivers Academy Choir. © 2018 Caroline Tichborne Sarychkin

Highlights of the event were choirs – Hearts in Harmony and the Ormiston Rivers Academy Choir, plus Rayleigh Brass and the Maldon Bellringers.

The Hearts in Harmony Choir, from Mayland. © 2018 Caroline Tichborne Sarychkin

There was also an Ice Queen to terrify the children, otherwise known as Town Mayor Wendy Stamp, (see picture above) who met the Santa Train in full costume.

Santa lands in the High Street. © 2018 Caroline Tichborne Sarychkin

The Carnival Committee distributed cheques to local charities, then Santa made his entrance around 4.30.

We were very lucky with the weather, a few spots of rain fell but the forecast high winds didn’t appear.

The crowds did, and the High Street was full of happy faces all afternoon. It was a great success.

If anyone would like to join the Carnival Committee please come along to the AGM on Tuesday 5th February, 8.00 pm at the Town Council Offices in Chapel Road, all are most welcome to help with two of the biggest events in Burnham’s year.