Villagers enjoy inaugural Quickling Festival
- Credit: Celia Bartlett
Some 300 villagers braved windy conditions on Saturday to attend the first ever Quickling Festival.
The festival explored the history of Quendon and Rickling Green by holding a treasure quest where visitors spotted 'Fireddie' the ferocious dragon made from wire mesh, a Christmas tree for William Winstanley, a seventeeth-century poet and Quendon resident who influenced festive traditions and learnt about Queen Ricula, a sixth-century Essex Queen.
Traditional games such as croquet were also played and there was plenty of food to enjoy.
The event was run by Quendon and Rickling Parish Council, to raise funds for their community football pitch.
A council spokesmansaid: "Locals said how nice it was to have all ages catered for and for the green to be at the centre of the community once again. We'd like to thank our sponsors and supporters of the day, as well as everyone who helped and those who took part on the day."