Community life in Long Sutton

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Reporter Lynne Harrison was in Long Sutton on Friday and found out about the town’s historic produce and general auction, Medivet’s fund raising for Comic Relief and a great alternative to a bank.

Last year’s High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire Richard Barnwell is better known to Long Sutton people as the auctioneer at the Friday market auctions.

Richard said: “We have been coming here for 15-20 years and we sell anything and everything, household goods, fresh produce, all sorts.

“There is no reserve on anything, it’s all here to be sold.”

He is now appealing for more goods to go through the auction to make sure it remains a fixture of market day.

Regular visitor Jenni Rayner said: “It’s a bit of fun.

“I bought a little walnut tree for 10p some years ago. It’s now about 4ft tall and I am going to donate it to the Friends of the Walks at King’s Lynn.”

• Medivet staff Kelly Saunby, Tunde Kiss, who is head vet, and Georgina Powers were selling homemade cakes for Comic Relief on Friday and netted £153.

They started raising cash using an exercise bike to do the equivalent of a ride to Paris.

• Long Sutton’s Market House is the place to go on Friday mornings for an alternative to a bank.

A team of volunteers take it in turns to help savers and borrowers at this branch of The Lincolnshire Credit Union.

Volunteer Greville Taverner says banks don’t always allow people to borrow small amounts, but the credit union is flexible enough to do that and the interest rates are very low.

The credit union is also seen as a far better bet that going to a loan company as they can charge staggering amounts of interest.

The credit union’s services also include a Christmas savings scheme and cheaper home heating oil.

Volunteers man the office from 10am-midday. No cash is kept on site.

• Market House is expected to be buzzing on Wednesday (March 20) when Batemans Auction House runs its valuation day from 11am-4pm.

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