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Parish Fete

It was very exciting bringing the fete to Badshot Lea this year – everything needed planning from scratch.    We started planning, a small team, people from all four of our congregations.   We set a date, 10th June, making sure we did not clash with the schools or Farnham Carnival – the raffle tickets went to the printers and the applications for the necessary licences were made and our entertainers were invited -but then panic set in as we realised that St. George’s hall had been booked for that date!   (Note to self, the hall is booked a lot now!)   We were truly blessed – everything was able to be changed, with no extra cost, and our new date was set for 3rd June.   I’m sure the Lord as with us, because we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Friday evening, thunder storms were forecast, but it was fine and warm.  Tombola prizes were ticketed, tables collected from the school,  brave people climbed up the ladder and strung bunting from the flag pole and with a lot of help, the grounds became festive.    No one could have missed that there was something going on at the Church.

Saturday started early, the sun shone, it was warm but not too hot.  Perfect fete weather.  The bouncy castle arrived and the beer was delivered.    Mentioning beer, a huge ‘Thank You’ to the Shepherd and Flock, who donated a barrel of beer and 30 single bottles of Prosecco, an incredible gift.  We must also thank all those businesses who donated prizes for the raffle and the auction – and those trusty people who sent out letters and visited with smiles and pleas for ‘just a little something for the Parish Fete’.

By 9.45 it was really busy, tables were set up, goods brought out and our DJ got us in the mood.  The hall was turned into the ‘cool café, the maypole took centre stage. The BBQ started to smell enticing and we gave a cry of ‘Help, who knows how to tap a barrel?’.  Cups of tea and coffee kept everyone  going – the kitchen was busy and then suddenly it was 12.00.

A group of children opened the fete and the fun began.    Fingersmith and the Rocking Thumbs, an amazingly good band of young rock stars began our entertainment and performed later in the day before rushing off to a gig in Farnham.    The children from Badshot Lea School were delightful as they wound the Maypole.    Some of the grown ups wanted a go…. Not quite as successfully!   Children’s faces were painted and they loved the games and activities.    Prizes were being won and stalls sold lots of delectable items.   The afternoon progressed and became a real village affair.  Passers-by popped in and stayed.   The beer tent was busy and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere with people having teas, eating burgers and enjoying the sun.    The Carillon Singers came along to entertain, performing in the Church and were, as always, excellent.  Olivia Jasper sang and played beautifully entertaining those in the café and sitting by the bar.

The afternoon was rounded off with the auction and the Grand Raffle.  The crowds went home, happy and slightly sun burned.  Lots of people lent a hand and before long everything was cleared away and we were putting the Church back together.  We were all exhausted but very happy.

The final total is about £2,500 – which is about £500 more than last year.   An incredible effort by everyone concerned.  There are too many people to thank individually and you know who you are.    It was a real team effort and a great bit of outreach, fun and fellowship.

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Maxine Everitt

 

 

Traditional Church Fete with a Modern Twist

Everyone welcome at traditional church fete with a modern twist

St George’s Church, Badshot Lea, will be the venue for this year’s annual parish fete, a traditional church fete with a modern twist, on Saturday, June 3, 12-3pm.

The church and grounds will be full of stalls and activities designed to appeal across the ages. There will be a ‘cool cafe’, serving refreshments with mellow music playing, plus a bar and barbecue. Children from Badshot Lea school will give a dance display at 12.30pm and the Carillon Singers will perform in the church at 1.15pm as well as leading some community singing.

A children’s craft area will be set up inside the church and outside there will be a bouncy castle and stalls with things to buy, games to play and prizes to win.
Grand raffle tickets will be on sale with the raffle drawn at the end of the event. Everyone is welcome.

For further information call Maxine on 01252 318135, email maxine.everitt@live.co.uk or visit https://badshotleaandhale.org/

Parish Fete

What a great day!

It dawned beautifully sunny and the forecast suggested that no rain was due until about 4.  Friday night had been really good, with lots of help putting up gazebos, moving tables, hanging bunting and generally getting things ready – a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped out.

So at 9 O’clock  the bouncy castle arrived and bit by bit throughout the morning people and goods appeared and the Rectory Garden came to life.      We had more gazebos than ever before – they were all squashed together.     We had put a bucket for voluntary entry donations and is soon started to fill up.  Time passed swiftly – there was a drizzly rain for about an hour but it dried up and more people came.    The children joined in with the games, there was a bit of dancing and jigging around.   As always the refreshments and the BBQ were great.    At 3, there was a last minute flurry of raffle ticket buying  – the prizes were very inviting – before the winners were drawn and the tidying up began.  We managed, just about, to get everything packed up and away before the heavens opened and the last few intrepid souls unloaded tables , banners and bunting back at St. George’s getting  totally soaked. (What fun!)

We raised a tiny fraction over £2000 – pleasing in this economic climate – but more to the point, we had a time of fellowship, made new friends and worked together to achieve something good.

Thank you to everyone who came along  and especially to those who worked  so hard beforehand and on the day.

Maxine Everitt

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Hale rocked to the sound of the Parish Fete

The annual Fete of the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale went with a swing this year as ‘60s music rocked the Rectory garden. New this year was the DJ Jim Flanagan who had stall holders and customers dancing and singing, interspersed with some lively banter. Over £2000 was made to continue the community outreach work of the parish.

The Reverend Lesley Crawley said, “It was brilliant fun and a lovely community day. It was also an important fundraising event for our community work. We do work in the parish in many and varied ways; we care for those who are alone or have been bereaved, we have a Families Worker for mums and dads who need some support, we have clergy and lay people for those who need a listening ear. There are too many volunteers and community groups to list and they couldn’t continue their work without this fundraising.”

She continued, “I’m so thankful to Bill and Mavis Leach and their team for running the fete over the last few years. I’m also thankful that Maxine Everitt will run the fete next year. The DJ is already booked – I suspect he’ll be even more audacious – I can’t wait!”

Photo is of Maxine Everitt, one of the churchwardens at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea, with “Lucy” the St George’s Dragon. Photo accreditation – Georgie Fry

Have you had a clear out recently?

On Saturday 5th September, between 12 and 4, we are hosting is the annual Fete in the Rectory Garden – a great community day in the Parish, with entertainment from the Parish Band, a bouncy slide, games, stalls and refreshments.

Please can you help us by donating good quality bric-a-brac for the fete…? Also bottles of alcohol and soft drinks for our bottle tombola… Cakes for our cake stall and good quality books for our book stall…? They would be much appreciated! Bring them to the Rectory (25 Upper Hale Road, GU9 0NX) on Saturday morning and stay for the Fete 12-4pm. Or for non-perishables just leave them round the back of the Rectory in the alcove with the bench in.

See you on Saturday!

All the fun of the Fete

The annual fete of the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale will take place on Saturday 5th Sept, 12 – 4pm at the Rectory – 25 Upper Hale Road. There will be a bouncy slide, games, face painting, barbeque and other delicious refreshments. The stalls will include plants, cakes, bric a brac, accessories, bottle tombola, toiletries, children’s toys and books. The Grand Draw will have many prizes including first and second prizes of £200 and £100.

Please come to the Fete and bring your friends and neighbours, it is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

Photo credit – Georgie Fry Photography