Sunday, 19 September 2021

Festival avoids washout

THE sixth Woodcote Festival has been hailed a success despite fears it would be a washout.

THE sixth Woodcote Festival has been hailed a success despite fears it would be a washout.

Although it rained heavily as the organisers set up on Saturday, the weather had settled by the time the event opened.

Hundreds of people attended the festival, which raised £500 towards the upkeep of the village hall and green.

There were more than a dozen stalls run by residents and community groups, including Woodcote Rally, which displayed a collection of cars and motorcycles.

The Cabin Pre-School organised space hopper races and provided toys and ball games for younger children.

Music was provided by professional pianist Tim Valentine, who lives in Woodcote. He played classical music and ragtime jazz on an upright piano mounted on wheels.

Fund-raisers from the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust played a traditional barrel organ surrounded by cuddly toy monkeys. There were agility displays by the Goring Growlers, who walked their dogs around an obstacle course. For a £1 fee, visitors could guide one of the dogs or put their own pets through their paces. Other attractions included a raffle, sweet tombola, bric-a-brac and a bar.

Before the fete, there were competitions for flower arranging, fruit and vegetables, baking, handicrafts, art, photography and scarecrows in the village hall.

The overall winner was Bert Wilcox, of The Close, Woodcote, who scored 33 points across several categories. In second place was Woodcote Pre-School Group, whose entries included a “dirt and worms” sandwich containing chocolate spread and jelly beans. Alan Gribble, of Beech Lane, who entered 12 items in the fruit and vegetable classes, was placed third.

Forty-one residents took part in the competition and there were about 70 entries.

Organiser Dot Tyler said: “The festival was all right in the end. By lunchtime it had dried up and we all had a great time. It was still a bit chilly but people wore appropriate clothing and we had lots of cups of tea for them.”

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