Sunday, 17 December 2017

Wombles recycled for fete

TOY Wombles shooting down a zip wire were among the attractions at Rotherfield Greys fete.

This year’s event, held at Greys Court on Sunday, had a Wombles theme to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign was founded by Lady Elizabeth Brunner, who lived at Greys Court for 66 years, while the stars of the Seventies children’s TV series liked to recycle rubbish. Children could choose their favourite Womble to send down the wire from the top of the estate’s Great Tower.

Visitors could also have their photograph taken with three Wombles wandering through the estate — Great Uncle Bulgaria, Madame Cholet and Orinoco. Other attractions included a coconut shy, splat the rat, sponge throwing, welly wanging, face painting, children’s races, a rowing competition on ergos and “balls in the bog” in which competitors threw tennis balls into old toilet cisterns.

Villagers set up stalls selling cakes, tea, toys and gifts and there were performances from the Goring and Streatley Concert Band.

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