Berryfields Parish Council, the Church on Berryfields and staff from Hightown Housing Association helped local residents come together for a community fete which also raised funds for a much-needed village hall.

Popular activities at the event on Berryfields Green on Saturday 14th May included fairground rides, bouncy castles, crafts, face-painting and games, as well as plenty to eat and drink which all contributed to the £1,500 raised. Pupils from Berryfields Church of England Primary School opened the fete with a traditional maypole dance.

Hightown has 31 homes on Berryfields, a growing community in Aylesbury, and its Housing Officers gave a helping hand to fete organisers, Berryfields Parish Council and the Church on Berryfields.

The charitable organisation also had an information stall at the fete, while its staff were on hand to help with various activities.

Andrea Loomes, Senior Housing Officer at Hightown, said: “We were delighted to offer our support to help make the fete such a success. It’s fantastic to see the community coming together and we saw this as a chance for people to get to know their neighbours as well as have a great time.”

All the funds raised in the event will go towards a village hall for the area. The Parish Council hopes to get a temporary building in place by the end of the year, but they are aiming to raise enough money to provide the community with a purpose-built building.

Parish Council Chairman, Wendy Phillimore said: “It was great to see so many residents enjoying the day. The event was a great success with community groups working together to create a successful event.  We are also grateful to our sponsors who contributed raffle prizes and funding, and to everyone who came.  The money raised is a great start to our fundraising for the Village Hall.  Our thanks to everyone.”