Sunday, 24 October 2021

Mixed fortunes for village fetes

WET weather hit attendances at fetes and fairs held over the weekend.

WET weather hit attendances at fetes and fairs held over the weekend.

The Fawley fete, which took place on Saturday, had only about 40 visitors compared with 10 times that in previous years.

Organiser Alfred Waller said: “It was such a shame because about 50 people in the village had put a lot of effort in but you can’t expect people to come out in that sort of rain.

“The atmosphere was super, though, as everybody pulled together and when the sun did come out it raised spirits.”

The raffle tickets could not be drawn because they were so wet and some activities, including welly-wanging and a Punch and Judy show, had to be rescheduled until later in the day when the heavy rain had subsided.

Television presenter Philip Schofield awarded prizes to the winners of the dog show.

The fete still raised about £1,461 which will be donated to the village church.

Only about 200 people attended a fun day at the Milestone centre in Caversham Park Village, which was meant to be the climax of a two-week festival.

Attractions included a coconut shy, barbecue, bouncy castle and face-painting and there was live music from Me and Mr B.

Miriam Corringham, one of the organisers, said: “It was just a shame that the weather was so grotty. There were many fewer people than we were expecting but it did pick up by the end and I think everyone who came had a really nice time.”

About £500 was raised for the Caversham Park Village Association, which plans to re-decorate the community centre.

A summer fair at The Hill Primary School in Caversham wasn’t badly affected by the weather as about 500 people attended.

The school’s brass band and choir performed and there were displays by the Emmer Green Gymnastics Club and JG dance. Attractions included a balloon race, climbing wall and an inflatable assault course while deputy head Tim Beavan allowed pupils to throw wet sponges at him.

Claire Paye, who chairs Friends of The Hill School, said: “I was really pleased with the turnout — the British spirit obviously prevailed because the downpours were like monsoons.”

The £5,000 that was raised will be used to revamp the school’s outdoor classroom and wildlife area.

On Sunday, it was drier and about 700 people attended Harpsden village fete and dog show. Attractions included a bouncy slide, reptile tent, pony rides and a circus skills workshop with a tug of war as the finale.

Afternoon teas were sold in aid of the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley.

The fete raised more than £4,000, which will be divided between the Royal British Legion, the village church, Harpsden brownies and the Harpsden Pre-school.

Jane Burtt, who organised the fete with Adrienne Pratt, Jo Taylor and Hayley Young, said: “We were expecting to be down on numbers but in fact we had wonderful support.”

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