Posted on 30 July, 2018Comments (0)

Bentworth Fete

Bentworth Fete

The Bentworth fete was held on 7th July and what a successful day! Lovely weather, England winning the quarter final, plenty of people attending the fete and lots of money raised for local good causes and charities. We were a bit concerned that numbers might be down due to the heat and football, but with the help of Lorna Garrett, Dave Hutley and their technical team, we were able to show the football which was a great relief to many.

Unfortunately it was too hot for the much loved terrier racing, but get your dogs to start practising now for next year! The beer tent and Pimm’s bar kept most people well hydrated and for those feeling hungry the BBQ team served up delicious burgers and sausages followed by strawberries, cream and meringues from Grassi & Jones.

I am delighted to say that at the time of writing we have been able to bank £4,895 raised on the day and have more funds due in soon. We are expecting the total raised to be in excess of £5,300 which is a fantastic achievement. This money will be donated to a number of local good causes.

On behalf of the fete committee I would like to thank everyone for their help before, on and after the event. A great deal of preparation goes on behind the scenes in organising the fete, collecting donations to stock all the stalls and baking etc.. and without everyone’s help we would not be able to have the fete.

Thanks should also go to the following local companies who kindly sponsored and printed the flyer: Honey Lettings (Dave & Lorraine Hutley), Garland (Lorna Garrett), CloudApps (Tim Knight), Carter and Ruck (Alasdair Pepper), Applewood LLP (Sally Hayes) and Dataprint (Adrian Cushing).

Jenny Lewis was once again excellent on the PA system and managed to gather interest in all stalls and activities and kept the event running smoothly.

The Bellringers called everyone to the Opening by ringing up to 2pm. The school children kindly opened the fete with some excellent cheerleading. They were busier than usual this year as not only running their own stalls, they also took over the tombola which was a great help. Some excellent selling techniques were used by the children to make sure all the ice creams and lollies sold before they melted, watch out Alan Sugar! We are grateful for the continued support of the school, PTA and governors.

All of the stalls did really well this year, but once again Katherine Courtier ably assisted by Trevor and Debbie Norman Rhodes raised a fantastic amount on the bottle stall, what does that say about all of us! The raffle was again the star performer and many thanks to Lorna Garrett for taking the lead on this and getting some excellent prizes. We are very grateful to those who

generously donated prizes, without whom there would not be a raffle. Thanks also to those who kindly sold tickets before and on the day, your help is really appreciated.

There are too many people to thank individually, but we are very grateful for the time and effort everyone puts into the fete. It is a lovely village event and a great way to get to see and know your neighbours and it benefits the wider community.

There are vacancies on the fete committee and we are always eager to receive new ideas on how to improve the fete. If you would like to join the committee or let us know any thoughts do please contact me.

Charlie Phillips

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