Friday, 12 August 2022

Village fete has feel of Midsomer (minus the murders!)

Village fete has feel of Midsomer (minus the murders!)

HUNDREDS of families attended Whitchurch Hill village fete.

Organisers had feared a low turnout as thunderstorms were forecast but the weather remained warm throughout the event, which took place on the village green.

Attractions included a vintage tractor display, a display by the Goring Growlers dog agility team, ferret racing, which returned after several years’ absence, a Punch and Judy show, community group stalls, a prize raffle and a barbecue. The Maidenhead Concert Band played throughout the afternoon.

There were also fairground games and rides, an inflatable slide, children’s races, a coconut shy, candy floss stall, balloon modelling and a tea cup roundabout.

Other attractions included the Orchid mobile bar, a tea tent run by Whitchurch Hill Women’s Institute, a bottle tombola, a barbecue run by Goring Heath Parish Council and a cake stand and plant stall, which both sold out. To reduce congestion on surrounding roads, the neighbouring Castrol research centre opened its grounds for parking.

Organiser John Gray said: “We enjoyed a lovely sunny day rather than the thunderstorms we were promised. This encouraged a good-sized attendance and numbers looked about the same as usual.

“Raffle tickets were bought at a great rate and the tombola was a success with a good selection of donated bottles. The cakes on the stall looked lovely and sold out.

“The fairground attractions were very popular with the children and there were individually-crafted balloon models everywhere.

“It’s a relatively small village fete but one that people seem to enjoy. Somebody observed, and not for the first time, that it had a Midsomer feel but rest assured there were no murders!”

Among the visitors was Henley MP John Howell.

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