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ABOUT THE FETE AND ASSOCIATED EVENTS

Each year, many individuals and organisations in Whiteparish work together to stage our annual Village Fete and other associated events, including the Hog Roast/Bands Night staged on the Memorial Ground on the preceding evening. Profits go to benefit All Saints’ Church and All Saints’ Primary School.

For 2019, the Fete was held on SATURDAY 15th JUNE, opening at 1.00 pm.

The Fete Theme was: "Space"—2019 being the 50th anniversary of when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon—which was also the theme for the Children's Competition categories.

The following look back at the 2019 Fete and associated events is based on a similar piece that appeared in the July edition of Steeple & Street, with one or two extra thoughts and observations.

THANK YOU, EVERYONE!

The Fete Committee want to thank everyone who contributed in any way to the Fete this year—and to the Hog Roast/Bands Night on the preceding evening— making it such a happy, memorable and successful weekend. Many people were involved, some of whom have no direct connection with either the School or the Church—indeed, some of whom don’t even live in the Village—but all of whom are public-spirited. Whiteparish folk are lucky to be part of a thriving community that can and does pull together to help organise and stage these village events.

We are also very grateful to the people who kindly donated prizes, bottles, cakes, books and toys; those who bought and sold raffle tickets; those who generously sponsored the event, and those who were unable to attend but instead kindly gave a donation. Also all those who worked hard to make the Hog Roast and Bands Night such a popular success on the preceding evening, especially the musicians, who were playing for free.

Fete afternoon started slowly because of light rain and drizzle early on. This was a shame, though we can't really complain after enjoying good weather on fete day for nearly all of the previous ten years! But happily the rain cleared after an hour or so. During the afternoon we were entertained by local bands Chasing Time and the Lockerley Silver Band, creating a very relaxed atmosphere throughout.

There were many of our usual stalls, with the addition this year of other popular attractions of which Archery, Ferret Racing, Farmyard animal comer, and small children's activity area were just a few; and of course the Village Clubs and Organisations had their stalls, too. The weather had made setting up quite challenging. However once the sun came out, people were able to enjoy the many new activities and entertainment.

As usual, All Saints Church was a lovely peaceful contrast from the activities over the wall in the Memorial Ground. The theme of Space was cleverly carried over into the church, in the beautiful and very cleverly designed Flower arrangements. The Art Exhibition included many space pictures, amongst other more varied pieces of work, all of such a high standard, done by a small group of very talented local artists. Also displayed, were a number of Children's Competition entries—all with the same Space theme.

On the Sunday the well-attended ‘Songs of Praise’ to celebrate the end of the Fete in the Memorial Centre, gave attendees the chance to sing many favourite hymns, chosen by the people.

Finally, the Bottom Line! The 2019 Fete, plus the Bands Night and Hog Roast held on the preceding evening, together raised £7,976.90, which is traditionally shared between All Saints School and All Saints Church. This sum was just over £200 short of the correponsing figure for 2018, and considered pretty good bearing in mind the impact of the weather during the first hour plus of the fete.

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