Yes, it’s a record! We’ve smashed our best ever Fete profits performance, breaking through the £4,000 ceiling for the first time. The weather was certainly in our favour, which probably explains why the FOBS’ Pimms and ices stalls did so well. But all stalls were successful – helped by a big increase in overall visitor numbers. The WI, with £468, deserves a special mention.
Profits now get split between different village organisations, who want to meet a specific funding need. All groups that want to apply for funds and haven’t received an application form should contact our Treasurer, James Davys on 834195. While the rules are not hard and fast, we do try to favour organisations that have made big efforts to support the Fete, and other fundraising events during the year. We try to vary Fete activities, and there were a number of stalls this year that were firmly about providing information rather than making money – Village Stores and Church Extension Appeal stalls, for example. We hope this change of pace is appreciated.
It is most important thing that we put on what the village wants. In that same spirit of ‘added-value’, it was great to have Jessica Baker with her dance troupe, comprised mainly of girls from the village school. Jess has done her dance GCSE at Didcot Girls, and is soon to be studying A Level at Henley College. Her dance group was very popular. No doubt the Fete should encourage local community arts wherever possible.
We are so grateful to David and Jenny Dobbin, whose Sotwell House garden we took over this year. Apart from ensuring the garden is ready to be tramped over, David and Jenny cheerfully put up with days of disruption and an influx of tents, helpers, assorted equipment, and still work from morn till eve on the day itself.
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