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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://badshotleaandhale.org/
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.
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
A huge thanks to everyone, especially Bill and Mavis Leach and their team , who helped make the Fete such an enjoyable event on Saturday. Here are some pictures thanks to Georgie Fry.
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!
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