Friday, 19 August 2022

Carry On festival finishes with fete and talent show

MORE than 1,000 people attended a fete on Mill Green for the final weekend of this year’s Wargrave Festival.

MORE than 1,000 people attended a fete on Mill Green for the final weekend of this year’s Wargrave Festival.

The event opened on Saturday lunchtime with an art exhibition featuring 41 contributors from the village and nearby. The exhibits included jewellery, pottery, paintings, knitting and sculpture.

Steve Radford, who carves wooden animals and plants using a chainsaw, gave a demonstration on the green.

There were also zumba and knitting workshops and another exhibition by pupils from the Piggott School as well as the junior and infant schools.

Members of the Wargrave Festival committee organised a barbecue and villagers enjoyed picnics.

A children’s activity tent gave youngsters the chance to knit sock puppets and make pottery on a potter’s wheel.

Elaine Fear, who organised the exhibition, said: “It went fantastically well. It wasn’t meant to be a selling day but the exhibitors were successful in selling their items and had great fun. The children’s tent was rammed with kids and people having a go at different things.” In the evening, 14 acts took part in a talent show featuring a mix of music, drama, dance, comedy and cabaret.

There was a flower festival at St Mary’s Church with the theme of “carry on”, like the festival itself. There were dozens of displays.

The church created a circle of crops from throughout the year to symbolise the passing of the seasons.

Other entrants included Wargrave Theatre Workshop, which dressed a dummy in a pantomime dame’s costume and decorated it with flowers. The weekend marked the last of more than 40 events at 13 locations during the two-week festival.

Organiser Adrian Pagdin said: “The final weekend was very much about trying new things. It was still a traditional village fete but we wanted to make it more about learning.

“The festival as a whole includes lots of different activities and we try to incorporate a bit of everything when we wrap it all up. It was a lovely event and I think we really benefited from the weather. It is also a great way of bringing people together.”

The next festival will take place in 2015.

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