Thursday, 11 August 2022

Usual business for would-be PM

SHE may be the outright favourite to be the next Prime Minister but Theresa May was

SHE may be the outright favourite to be the next Prime Minister but Theresa May was back on constituency business when she visited the summer fete at Robert Piggott Schools in Wargrave.

The Home Secretary and Maidenhead MP was wearing a bright green jacket as she posed for pictures with guests at the event, including some firefighters who had brought their engine and an owl called Ezra.

Dozens of families attended the event, where the attractions included country dancing displays, birds of prey provided by Lu’s Owls of Reading, tug of war, art and craft stalls and a bouncy castle and face painting for children.

The most popular event was the “gunging” of junior school headteacher Stuart Bevan and infant school teacher Amanda Rutherford with buckets of green slime.

Luckily, the fire crew was able to hose them both down.

Sally Ann Akers, executive headteacher for the two schools, said: “The event was a great success and it was a joy to be in such a wonderful atmosphere filled with community spirit and goodness.”

The fete raised £3,630, which will go to the Robert Piggott Primary Schools Parents’ Association.

Mrs May also attended Charvil village fete, where she handed out the raffle prizes.

Hundreds of people people attended the event, where attractions included fairground rides, a children’s magic show and Quirks Animal Roadshow, of Caversham, featuring a giant tortoise and a Burmese python called Mya.

There were also performances by children’s entertainer Uncle Charley and the children from the village pre-school. Other attractions included stalls and fairground games such as mini golf, while a train ferried children around the field and Daleks sprayed people with water.

The theme of the fete was animals so children had their faces painted to look like jungle creatures or animal-themed superheroes including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spiderman.

Vince Martyn, who chairs the organising committee, said: “I do hope everyone enjoyed themselves as that is our primary aim.

“We particularly enjoyed the display by Quirks, whose giant tortoise gatecrashed Uncle Charley’s performance to the delight of the crowd!

“Any surplus from running the fete is put into local good causes and applications are welcomed.”

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