Wednesday, 26 September 2018

New climbing frame for pre-school as fete makes record profit

A RECORD £3,500 was raised at Whitchurch fete for the village pre-school.

A RECORD £3,500 was raised at Whitchurch fete for the village pre-school.

Almost 2,000 people attended the event on the village green in Eastfield Lane.

Attractions included a climbing wall run by the village scouts, a coconut shy run by Pangbourne and Whitchurch Junior Cricket Club, a crazy golf course, face- painting, balloon modelling and a small petting zoo with donkeys.

A fire engine from Pangbourne turned up to give a demonstration but was called to an emergency minutes later.

Members of Whitchurch Cricket Club ran a barbecue along with fathers from the pre-school and community groups including the Whitchurch Habitat Study Group, Pangbourne and Whitchurch Sustainability Group and the Whitchurch Society set up information stalls.

Residents took up pitches selling teas, cakes, hand-made gifts and second-hand goods including books, CDs and DVDs.

Three acts performed live music including seven-piece ukulele band the Centaurs of Attention, from Whitchurch Hill.

Children learned to juggle, twirl hula hoops and spin plates with Mike Tait, of Oojamaflip Circus Workshop. There was a small bouncy castle and an inflatable slide as well as a bungee trampoline.

Tania Neeson, a member of the pre-school fund-raising committee, said: “We’re lucky to have such a popular event every year. It means we can afford to do all the things we need to do to keep it going.”

Most of the proceeds will go towards a new climbing frame. A portion will be put into savings as the pre-school is in a pre-fabricated building and will need to move within 10 years.

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