Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Hundreds visit village fete after weather forecasters get it wrong

MORE than 500 people attended Whitchurch Hill&rsquos summer fete on Saturday.

MORE than 500 people attended Whitchurch Hill&rsquos summer fete on Saturday.

Businesses and community groups set up stalls on the village recreation ground and there were fairground rides and a vintage tractor display.

Whitchurch Hill WI organised the tea and cake stand, staff from the Sun Inn ran a bar and members of Goring Heath Parish Council ran the barbecue.

There was also children&rsquos face-painting, plant stalls, a coconut shy and a prize raffle in aid of local charities and community groups.

Children took part in a series of three-legged, wheelbarrow and sack races and there was a fun dog show with agility and obedience tests.

Families sat on the grass enjoying picnics and were entertained by the Maidenhead Concert Band, who played a mix of jazz and pop songs.

Organiser John Gray said: “It was a lovely day. We&rsquove had some great feedback and I&rsquom sure the sunny weather helped. I went through two days of hell in the run-up because all the forecasts were predicting thunderstorms. I thought that would be the end of it but it all worked out brilliantly.

“Without exception, all our stallholders said they enjoyed it and wanted to come back next year. I had a few enquiries from potential newcomers as well. I was very tired afterwards but I&rsquom very pleased with how it went.”

Visitors included Henley MP John Howell, who won a raffle prize but has not yet claimed it.

He said: “I still have no idea what I&rsquove won as I haven&rsquot had time to call the organisers back! It was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion, made all the better by the excellent weather. It was very relaxed and full of families just having great fun.”

Mr Gray said: “I had no idea Mr Howell had visited until they called his name over the loudspeakers. It&rsquos nice to know we&rsquore attracting the luminaries of the political world.”

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