A lovely bright day, not too hot with a light breeze – perfect for setting up the 20 gazebos for our stalls and sideshows. Four hours later and the cars poured in, all 170 of them!
The crowds milled, sat on hay bales to enjoy the hugely well supported dog show; had lunch – delicious burgers and hotdogs; drank Pimms under a sunshade; had a game of skittles in the beer tent; browsed the colourful stalls; were told their fortune.
Budding pirates tried to guess where the treasure was buried; had their faces beautifully painted; got rid of frustrations at the Coconut Shy and Splat the Rat; and tried to win the money from a locked cupboard.
Over tea with friends and lovely homemade cakes the Grand Draw was called, valuable prizes won and the 50:50 bucket continued to gather money.
From Rev Martin Percival’s words of welcome with Sweffling bells marking the Fete opening, great teamwork made this year’s fete a resounding success and grateful thanks go to all who helped.
Adrian Kinsey, the fete’s treasurer, is working hard on the figures at present and has a preliminary figure of £3950 for takings on the day. There are many expenses so the profit will be considerably less, but we are most grateful for the generosity of villagers and visitors for contributing to our village coffers. Adrian would like to hand over to a new treasurer for next year’s fete so please think about whether you could help in this way. Many thanks Adrian for all you have done.
There will be a fete committee meeting sometime in early October, at the Hut, date to be publicised. All the figures will then be on view, a review will take place and everyone will be welcome to attend.
We look forward to another successful fete in Sweffling next year.
Jill Abbott – Fete Co-ordinator