Ashford Hill with Headley held their Church Fete at the Recreation Ground in Ashford Hill.
Sir George opened the fete at 12.30, with Cllr Ken Rhatigan acting as Master of Ceremonies.
"Mike Hensman and his team have done a superb job in putting on a first class show, with the steel band from John Hunt of Everest School providing the music."
There was the usual dog show, a sack race and stalls manned by the RSPCA and Ashford Hill Primary School. There was also a dancing display by Move and Groove; a Golf Clinic with a professional from Sandford Springs Golf Club anda tug-of-war.
In the evening there was a Barn Dance at Strattons Farm, by kind permission of Sir Timothy Sainsbury
Fete Report 2008, with thanks to Mike Hensman
This year’s Ashford Hill with Headley Church Fete was once again held in glorious sunshine at the Ashford Hill grounds on Saturday 7th June. This fun filled day, enjoyed by all, has made a financial contribution of over £4,000 to the Church. Once again this year the Guides were helping and contributed greatly to the fete’s success; looking after all the stalls for our smaller customers and introducing the bran tub which was a delight. Entertainment included the usual fancy hat competition, dog show and the children’s races which were once again very competitive. Also for the first time we had the vibrant Pan Everest Steel Band and the return of the Move and Groove dance and aerobics team which was a joy to watch.
The usual stalls were there and this year we introduced a few new ideas as well as the children’s bran tub we had the accessories stall which made over £100 and the Welly Wanging competition which made over £90 – this was kindly sponsored by The Wellington Arms in Baughurst. We had all time record takings on the teas stall, the auction of promises, the Barbecue and the Bottle stall. So well done to all those helpers; without whose time and dedication the fete could not take place. The Fete committee would once again like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the many stallholders, helpers, sponsors and contributors who ensure the fete’s continued success.
Last year I asked for help in the promotion of this year’s fete and happily Anna Liddeatt stepped up to the mark joined the fete committee and did an absolutely outstanding job in the marketing of both events, many people commented to me on the distinctive signage that she designed.
The second annual Fete Barn Dance took place in the evening at Stratton’s Farm, fete organisers, their families and friends a chance to chill out after a busy day. The Barn Dance was open to everyone and with dancing to the music of ‘Pitchfork’ and feasting on roast pig it rounded off the day in a most convivial atmosphere. Those who missed this event missed a great night out.
Now to next year, so that we can all get the date in all our diaries early the 2009 event will be held at the Headley Recreation Grounds on Saturday 6th June, based on feedback we will maintain the start time at 12:30pm.
On a personal note I would like to thank all the fete committee members for their patience with me as chairman and their commitment, help and support in organising these successful events.
We are always looking for helpers; as we try to do more each year to attempt to make the events as interesting as possible. So if you have time to spare to help on the committee or at the events and want to contribute your energies to help in the success in any way and also have some fun in the process please feel free to contact me.
Don’t forget to go to www.clerewoodlands.org.uk to see pictures of the fete and the barn dance! If you have your own pictures from the day please send them to me and I will endeavour to get them onto the website.
With kind regards
Mike Hensman on behalf of the Fete Committee.
0118 981 9595