Saturday, 13 August 2022

Local causes benefit from Harpsden fete

HARPSDEN village fete raised more than £5,000 for five good causes in the community

HARPSDEN village fete raised more than £5,000 for five good causes in the community.

About 800 people attended Sunday?s event, which was held on the football field behind the village hall.

The proceeds will be shared by Harpsden Pre-School and brownies, St Margaret?s Church, the Royal British Legion and the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley.

The afternoon included a silent auction with a top prize of a day on the set of ITV?s Midsomer Murders. This was won by Rebecca Griffiths, from Hurley, who gave it to her sister Charity as a 21st birthday present. Other prizes included an evening for two at the Mill at Sonning and a four-ball match at Henley Golf Club.

A dog show was held in the main arena. The prize for handsomest hound went to five-year-old border terrier Buster, owned by Clive Rose, of Rotherfield Road, Henley.

Mr Rose said: ?He very nearly blew it because one of the categories the dogs were judged on was friendliness. As they were presenting his rosette, he suddenly went for another dog he didn?t like, which was funny but a little embarrassing.?

There were performances by Sonning Common singer Sam Brown?s ukulele band and Steph?s Dancing Divas and Dudes.

Stallholders were selling plants and second-hand books while children could handle snakes and tortoises from Owen?s Animals, of Reading. Other attractions included a coconut shy, pony rides, hula-hooping, a bar and a barbecue. Volunteers from the Chiltern Centre sold cream teas.

The day ended with a series of fun races and a tug o? war contest.

Organiser Jane Burtt said: ?I?m so grateful to all our volunteers ? it?s a huge effort to put this on but they did it brilliantly and with such cheer.?

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