Monday, 20 September 2021

Fete for parish gets salute from sky

A HURRICANE flypast was the highlight of this year’s Caversham church fete on Saturday.

A HURRICANE flypast was the highlight of this year’s Caversham church fete on Saturday.

More than 1,000 people descended on Caversham Court Gardens where there was a range of stalls, children’s games, music, coconut shy, hook-a-duck and a bouncy castle.

The fete, organised by the Parish of Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham, also featured a Pimm’s tent, hot food, teas, cakes, scones and cream.

Steve Jenkins, a member of the organising committee, said the money raised, still to be finalised, would go to the parish and its churches — St Peter’s in Caversham, St John the Baptist in Lower Caversham, and St Margaret’s in Mapledurham.

He hailed the event a success, adding: “The Hurricane flew over three times and everybody really enjoyed it. The pilot even waggled his wings to say ‘goodbye’.



“It was a great day. The weather decided to allow the Hurricane to take off and not a single drop of rain landed on us.

“We don’t have a final figure but we think we did slightly better than last year but not quite as good as the record in 2014. We had more than 150 people popping in to look at St Peter’s Church.”

Entertainment included a selection of music from young musicians of Berkshire Maestros Arnold Band and the Holst Band as well as the O’Gara School of Irish Dancing/Maguire O’Shea Academy.

Younger fete-goers were entertained by Fred in the Shed.

Stalls included a tombola, chocolate tombola, books, plants, bric-a-brac, jams and preserves.



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