Saturday, 13 August 2022

Hundreds fly in to space-themed village fete

HUNDREDS of people attended Shiplake village fete.

HUNDREDS of people attended Shiplake village fete.

The event, which took place in the grounds of the village’s memorial hall, had a theme of outer space.

It opened with a “wacky wheels” contest in which children made their own vehicles and paraded them around the main arena.

The winner was Janey-Mai Manly, eight, of Harpsden Road, Henley, who converted a toddler buggy into a UFO with two aliens inside.

Stalls had a science fiction flavour with games such as splat the alien and a flying saucer frisbee-throwing contest. Year 4 and 5 pupils at Shiplake Primary School performed space-themed dances to songs including

Fly Me To The Moon
and Monty Python’s

The Galaxy Song.

Children from the Stageworks performing arts school and Drum Club also gave demonstrations.

Mums and dads went head-to-head in a tug o’ war contest with the dads with the latter winning for the first time in about 10 years of the annual fete.

Classic cars were on display throughout the afternoon and there were books, plants, foods and face-painting stalls. There was also a fun dog show with prizes awarded in five categories and an obstacle course for children. The fete raised about £5,000, which will go towards new computers and other resources at the primary school and Shiplake Nursery.

Elaine Waugh, of the school’s parent-teacher association, said: “The fete is always very busy because people are drawn to the theme. They throw themselves into the spirit of it and enjoy taking part.

“There’s a great community feel. Everyone knows each other and they always come no matter what. We were worried it would rain but it stayed sunny until the end, so the only ones who got soaked were the people cleaning up afterwards.”

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