Societies Showcase in Saffron Walden hailed a ‘great success’

THE third Societies Showcase held at Saffron Walden Town Hall on Saturday (May 21) was a great success, attracting hundreds of visitors looking to find out about the 30 clubs and societies on display.

Mayor and mayoress, Cliff and Val Treadwell, who spent over an hour talking to the many enthusiasts running stalls, reflected the views of most visitors when they expressed amazement at the extent of the voluntary activity in the town.

Julie Kendall, of London Road, Saffron Walden, said: “It has opened my eyes to the wide range of activities available in Saffron Walden. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.”

The societies had gone to great lengths to create exciting and informative displays.

The Museum Society entertained young and old with a quiz involving identification of over 20 unusual items from their collection, including a straw splitter and a sail-maker’s seam presser.

The Fry Art Gallery built their display around an original Edward Bawden print of the town square, while the Camera Club produced a number of stunning works by their members to attract attention.

Clubs were very happy with the interest expressed, and also signed up new members on the spot.

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The Flower Club, a newcomer this year, has already expressed an interest in taking part in the next showcase.

Ginny Eley, from the organisers Saffron Walden Initiative, said: “We were delighted by the enthusiasm shown by societies and visitors alike for the showcase.

“It was wonderful to see in one place the dedication, friendliness and creativity of the many who contribute to the rich and varied life of the town.”