Quarley holds Village Fete
15 Jun 2003
Children from Amport School dance at the Fete
Children from Amport School dance at the Fete
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Sir George opened the Quarley Village Fete, which raises funds for the Church and the Village Hall.

"Desmond Graves, Lois Opperman and the team put on a splendid show again, with Country Dancing by Amport School and a Drawing/Painting Competition. Star Prize in the Silent Auction was a smartly framed photograph of the three main Harry Potter actors, with facsimile autographs."

The fete raised over £2700.

Extract from Programme

A bit about us
WELCOME to our Annual Village Fete, held this year a month later than usual for a change. If this is your first visit to Quarley you may like to know something about us. We are only 149 strong - and have had the same population since the census of 1801. Despite our small size we have entertained some pretty important people in the past including two men who owned their own Bank - Mr. Hoare and Mr. Cox: Hoare’s Bank still exists, but Mr. Cox only survives as a travel agency. The people who live here to-day are just as famous, although not quite so rich!
The Village appears in the Domesday Book. It was taken by William the Conqueror from King Harold. He in turn gave it to his wife, who bequeathed it to a Monastery in France. They collected the rents until the fifteenth century when it was confiscated by the King (we being at war with France) and given to a Hospital in London, which enjoyed the revenues until the end of the nineteenth century, when it was bought by the Marquess of Winchester. Now the land is owned either privately or by the Council.
The Village has always had a reputation for hospitality: in the Middle Ages the Lord of the Manor had to entertain the entire village to a feast on Boxing Day, but unfortunately this habit has fallen into disuse, although we do have a barbecue on
the night before the Fete - but not paid for by the Lord of the Manor
The church is very ancient - most of it is over a thousand years old, and usually in need of repair. In the nineteenth Century the wooden steeple rotted away and now the three bells that used to hang in it are at ground level, where they are still “rung” each Sunday. In fact it was to raise funds for Church repairs that the first fair in modern times was held in 1937 in the garden of the Rectory (the house opposite the Church). The Rectory was built in 1688 by a Dr. Sheppard, whose descendants still live in the neighbourhood. Dr. Sheppard also built our school, which is now closed but was attended by people still living in the village.
The only bump on the horizon is Quarley Hill which was inhabited long before Quarley, first by Bronze Age settlers and then by the Romans, as it was easy to fortify and defend. You can still see where they dug their ditches on the top.
Today, apart from agriculture, the main attraction of Quarley is at Lains Farm where a huge barn houses workshops for craftsmen, sculptors and artists, making such things as Roman glass, bronze and ceramic statues, silverware and finely-wrought furniture. This is always worth a visit. So now, please spend freely, and support our Church and Village Hall: but above all, enjoy yourself, tell your friends about us, and come back next year.

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