Over the years we have always managed to put on a village fete of some sort in Peldon, incorporating things like Open Gardens, Parachuting Teddies, Owls, Cream Teas and a band, but in recent years we have been thwarted in finding a suitable location for a Dog Show and more attractions. Thankfully the Kearney family stepped-in, letting us use their wonderful venue in the grounds of Lodge Cottage.
A date was set, plans were put in place, negotiations made and bookings confirmed… all we needed was to advertise the event as ‘Peldon Village Fete, Dog Show and Craft Fayre’ and organise a team of willing helpers to set everything up.
Saturday 10th June dawned fine, bright and somewhat windy, but the fete this time could go on in brilliant sunshine! At 11 o’clock the Monkey Organ started up in true festive fashion, the Bouncy Caste was already busy and Professor Jingles (the ever-delightful Punch and Judy man) was ready to get his first performance underway before the fire engine or Dog Show took centre stage!
By midday a large crowd had come through the gate and were still arriving, heading for the bar, BBQ, Craft stalls or maybe just a shady place to sit and take in the colourful sights, sounds and amazing views over the reservoir.
The Bottle Tombola and the Children’s Tombola drew lots of takers, eager to spend their pounds and pennies, whilst the Grand Draw (1st prize £100) continues to be our main fundraiser each year.
We were delighted to welcome back Long Melford Silver Band, who provided a programme of ‘summerly’ numbers throughout the afternoon to the accompaniment of cream teas and cake – how genteel !
For many, including those in the village watching from their gardens, the highlight was probably the aerobatic display. We had a running commentary over the half an hour and were given a real treat! Many thanks to Chris Kearney for organising this display.
Special thanks go to Laurie for stepping-in as temporary treasurer, and indeed thanks to all who came on the day to help the very small committee which had organised the event (Hint! Hint!) the Friends needs more willing helpers if things like this are going to continue).
We made £2,700 for the Fabric Fund, almost £1,000 more than last year. Thank you so much to everybody who came and made this such a success.
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