Friday, 24 September 2021

Go-karts help drive up proceeds at village fete

WHITCHURCH summer fete raised at least £3,000 for the village pre-school despite finishing early due to

WHITCHURCH summer fete raised at least £3,000 for the village pre-school despite finishing early due to rain.

Hundreds of people attended the event on the village green in Eastfield Lane, which included a go-kart track for the first time.

Other attractions included an inflatable slide and penalty shoot-out, a double-decker bus that was converted into a fun house, a tug-of-war, a dog show and a children’s entertainer performing magic and balloon modelling.

There were about 20 stalls selling plants, gardenware, books, hand-made toys and other gifts while the village history society and twinning society had information stands.

The fete was meant to end at 5pm but people began leaving when the rain started at 4pm and the downpour had become torrential by 4.30pm so many stallholders packed up.



Organiser Victoria Willcock, a Whitchurch resident and pre-school parent who has taken over the role from Tania Neeson, said the fete was successful nonetheless.

She said: “It went really well. I’d been expecting a big drop in attendance because of the weather but it didn’t happen and our takings were comparable to previous years.

“I introduced the go-karts because I wanted to change things a bit. They went down well and drew lots of people.

“Organising it was very stressful to begin with, especially as I’ve got two children and a part-time job, but the parent-teacher association was an incredible help setting up on the day.

“By the end, I was very proud of what we’d achieved. It was worthwhile and good fun.”



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