Sunday, 14 August 2022

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A FUN dog show and a “pop-up” pub were among the new attractions at this year’s Rotherfield Greys fete.

A FUN dog show and a “pop-up” pub were among the new attractions at this year’s Rotherfield Greys fete.

More than 1,000 people attended the event, which took place at Greys Court and opened at noon, two hours earlier than usual.

Organisers had always wanted to include a dog show but couldn’t as pets weren’t allowed at the National Trust property until this year. 

Susan Hailstone, a breeder from Shiplake, judged the entrants.

The winners included Biko, a female Rhodesian ridgeback belonging to 12-year-old Lilly Piasacki and her brother Freddie, nine, from Peppard, who was named prettiest bitch.

Winnie, a miniature dachshund owned by BBC sports presenter and former Strictly Come Dancing champion Chris Hollins, who lives in the village, came second in that category.

Bosco, an eight-month-old wire dachshund belonging to Mimi Dal Lago, 10, from Henley, was crowned best puppy.

Other attractions included a rowing competition on ergos hosted by former Olympic rower Miriam Luke, who is president of Henley Women’s Regatta.

There was also a coconut shy, splat the rat, sponge-throwing, welly-wanging, face-painting, children’s races, an arts and crafts tent and a “balls in the bog” game in which competitors threw tennis balls into old toilet bowls.

For the first time this year, the Maltsters Arms pub had a stall selling drinks and hot food while villagers sold cakes, tea, toys and gifts and there were performances by the Goring and Streatley Concert Band.

The cuddly toy zip wire from the top of the estate’s Great Tower could not take place because the structure is undergoing restoration work.

Proceeds from the fete, which are yet to be counted, will go towards the upkeep of the village hall and St Nicholas’ Church.

Amanda Gibbon, a member of the organising committee, said: “It was another very successful year and we were pleased with the attendance.

“We have always been lucky with the weather and the fete is always well supported. It was a very happy occasion and attracted families from quite a distance.

“People love it because it’s such a traditional event in a beautiful setting.

“As usual, villagers pulled together and worked very hard to ensure it went well.”

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