Gold medals to all involved in the village fete! The sun did its bit by emerging a few days beforehand and bathing the hundreds who came along in unaccustomed warmth and light to enjoy a wide variety of stalls and activities. A grand time was had by all with a frequent comment being: “This is a proper traditional village fete.” Much of this friendly atmosphere was created by the army of volunteers who turned out to help, supported by a team of NatWest helpers.
This year, the fete went “Olympic” with football, fencing demonstrated by the Newton Abbot & Totnes Club, horse riding with the local Pony School, a manic tug of war and a massively popular series of traditional children’s races. 40 gold (and chocolate) medals were awarded on the Hay Bale podium to a background of inspiring music from the PA and proud smiles from the parents. Each first place winner was crowned with an ivy wreath, cunningly crafted by the amazing Flower Power Pair, Jane and Mark Eyers. Awards were made by Lawrence Joiner, who was surprised to find himself on the podium to receive the biggest medal of all for his services to the Fete over the years.
The “Crown Making” activity was a new and most welcome activity this year: the evening was graced with both children and adults looking very elegant and summery in their floral wreaths, some enhanced with dramatic face painting. Myra’s Maids, the barbecue and hot dog team worked hard to keep everyone well fed and the bar team matched the effort with fine ales and Pimms (another new success). This year, the bar was run by volunteers with help and advice from the Pig & Whistle. The take from raffle, admissions, bar and food was well up this year and the fete made an amazing £3,300. £100 has been donated to Rowcroft Hospice – Trefor Jones who ran the PA kindly donated his fee to this charity. Another £200 was donated to Berry Pomeroy School, who delighted everyone with their Maypole Dancing. A further £2,000 is being donated to the Littlehempston Community Space Project for the installation of additional heating, so all can be warm this winter when attending activities and services. If you’d like a detailed breakdown of this year’s Fete finances, please contact us.
The Fete Team would like to say a big thank you to all involved in making this event so happy and successful. Most people have been thanked, but if you snuck in on the night to help and did not get your appreciation, here it is now. Thank you! And a big round of applause for all the hard work of the Fete Team.
There will be an open meeting in September to which you are most welcome to come along and give feedback. And if you’d like to find out more about helping the Fete team, just get in touch. The more the merrier!
And there are lots more photos in the gallery.