Fitzhead Village

Fabulous fun at the Fete in spite of the rain

Rain drizzled all afternoon but the band played on, stall holders did brisk business, beer and tea and cakes disappeared at lightning speed, and Fitzhead Fete last Saturday (July 22) proved a resounding success in spite of the weather – with £5,200in takings.

“There was a fabulous turn out supporting us,” said Abi Wickham, who organises the fete with help from numerous villagers.

“My thanks to everyone who takes the time and effort to ensure it is such a successful event, even in the rain!”

The popular community fete, which traces its history back to before World War 1, had a host of attractions from village stocks, which saw plenty of action, to a beer tent; Wiveliscombe Town Band to cream teas and a barbecue; children’s races to stalls selling everything from books to clothes, bric a brac to ice-creams, cakes and jams.

Rev Andrew Norris maintained high energy commentary all afternoon on the PA system, and there was a particularly strong display of produce, craft and creative work at the Flower Show. Connie Burton won both the Bellamy Cup for ages 11-14 and the Best in Show for children, and Cilla Owens took Best in Show.

Funds were also boosted on Sunday by a duck race, which has become a much loved part of the fete weekend. A sunny afternoon saw over 300 plastic ducks cheered on by onlookers on the river bank at Holcombe Farm in the village, where hosts Martin and Mandy Irish also laid on delicious cream teas and walks in the garden.

Funds raised go to the village church, St James, and the Tithe Barn.

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