Willersey Fete 2021
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A Great Willersey Summer Fete
Saint Peter's Summer Fete on August Bank Holiday Monday exceeded our most optimistic aspirations, raising over £2,000 for Saint Peter's Church Roof Appeal. This great success extended to the two worthy charities in attendance and our village organisations. Riding for the Disabled and Guide Dogs for the Blind raised over £250 and £350 respectively and the Women's Institute's stalls raised an amazing £990. The Church Roof appeal was boosted by the WI donating £100, the Village Hall Committee's ‘Splat the Rat’ donating their proceeds to it and the Horticultural Society splitting all of their proceeds of £120 equally between the Church Roof Appeal and the Methodist Church. This generosity will put us well on the way to being able to embark on the much-needed repairs to the roof of our beautiful, ancient church.
Whilst fund-raising was a goal, the main aim for the day was to bring parishioners together and draw in and welcome others from outside to enjoy an afternoon of fun and fellowship in our lovely village. That was fully realised. The rain held off, Willersey has never been busier and the crowds came, determined to have a great time. People made their way up Church Street to queue patiently for the wonderful ‘Teas in the Church’ and 50 children took part in ‘Messy Church’ craft activities. The Punch & Judy man had the children participating fully, jumping up and down and shouting at Mr Punch's wicked antics. The Fun Dog Show attracted over three times as many canine competitors as any previous year.
The success of the event was dependent on many essential contributions. Unprecedented generosity by our sponsors contributed hugely and gave us a phenomenal array of wonderful prizes for the Grand Raffle. Gillian and her hard-working team delivered a brilliant service with the church teas. As always, we were all grateful for Nigel running the great, traditional skittles attraction, in aid of the Church Roof Appeal this year, and organising the agricultural exhibits and to Peter for making his garage available for the all the classic vehicles and displaying his own impressive collection. Thank you to the smiling, hard-working volunteers who served so diligently on our stalls and attractions and to Disco Dave our dynamic and entertaining Master of Ceremonies. We are particularly grateful, to Carol, our impartial, external judge for the Dog Show and to Adine for all her hard work in making the it such a storming success, standing bravely all afternoon on an ankle that had been operated on only days earlier. And thank you to everyone who turned out determined to enjoy the fun, spend money on such good causes and spend some time together.
At 8:05am on the day after, Lead Organiser, Jess Ingles, called together as many Fete Committee members and volunteers as she could muster for a Lessons Learnt session. So, we're looking forward positively to doing it all again – only even better - on August Bank Holiday Monday, 2022.
There were local craft stalls, classic cars and vintage tractors display, raffle, tombola, teas in church with children 's craft activities, magician show, bell ringing, a visit from a fire engine and lots more family fun! You could see a bee observation hive.
Raffle prizes included a year's digital subscription to Cotswold Life Magazine (worth £25), two prizes of a family ticket to Batsford Arboretum and tickets for 2 to this year's Moreton Show. More prizes are from The Village Bar, Weston-Sub-Edge who have generously donated a voucher for a roast for a Family of Four, goodies from Little Soap Company and Cotswold Lavender, electrical work for your home from SAL Electrical Ltd, membership for two at Broadway Tower, Sunday Roast for two at Wayside Farm Shop, prizes from The Midcounties Co-operative, Little Soap Company, Sensational Scents by Elaine. Gorsehill Abbey Farm kindly donated a voucher for their organic milk, milkshakes and ice cream and Muse Hair & Beauty have generously donated a voucher for a cleanse, hair cut and finish.
The family dog show has classes suitable for every family dog, with prizes. A variety of stalls included Evesham NCT offering secondhand baby items and information for local parents, ice creams and sweet stall. Tea and cakes were served in the church along with children’s craft activities.
The ever popular Family Dog Show had classes suitable for every family dog, with prizes,.
The variety of stalls included Evesham NCT offering secondhand baby items and information for local parents, New Inn Barbeque, ice creams and a sweet stall.
Play skittles on grass, look at The Children's Craft competition and listen to the Colin Close Collective Band, Church bells and handbell ringing. Tea and cakes will be served in the Church along with “Messy church” children's craft activities.
Timetable of Entertainment
Our Master of Ceremonies and purveyor of fun and music between acts was Willersey's own Disco Dave.
13:45 Church bells ringing until 14:10
14:00 Fete Opening by Reverend Scott Watts, Rector of Willersey
14:00 Fun Dog Show starts
14:20 Collin Close Collective Band, formed by parishioners during Covid lockdown
15:15 Hand Bell-ringing
15:45 Professional Entertainment, including plate-spinning, balloon-modelling, classic Punch & Judy Show and Magician, Mel Harvey from Britain's got Talent.
16:45 Grand Raffle Draw
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The Willersey W.I. had a stall to raise money for its funds and chosen charities. Donations were much appreciated such as bric-a-brac, fancy goods, toys, books and decent clothes. Contact Mal Jelfs on 858351. We were by the Jubilee Tree. Sorry, no furniture! Many Thanks.
Some more of the stalls at the Willersey Fete.