We changed the date; we changed the opening time. Cynics said that it wouldn’t work. Low pressure surrounded us and had done for several weeks bringing torrential downpours. Even on Friday 12th as we set up stalls rain was in evidence. Saturday 13th dawned and as I looked out of my window the sky was clear and the sun was shining. We were up early to put the finishing touches to months of planning.

Thanks to all the helpers, most of the stalls were manned. There were several new ones to cater especially for children. People enjoyed the variety of side-shows. There was some cause for concern on the roulette table as the first few players cleaned out the float and Patrick had to send for more, but persistence paid off, resulting in almost a three-figure profit.

We delayed the opening ceremony until 12.30. Nona introduced our opener Richard Cartridge as the man on Radio Solent with the sexy voice! Richard opened the fete and delighted his fans by posing for photographs with them. He toured the stalls and entertained us with anecdotes.

We had a new entertainer this year John Cawdry, should you wish to book him he can be contacted on info@johncawdry.co.uk or view his web site www.johncawdry.co.uk He entertained both adults and children with a magnificent performance on unicycle, juggling knives,balls and flares. His performance was outstanding.

Thanks go to the children of Longparish School who performed some intricate country dancing. This again proved to be a delight to watch. Thanks go to Mrs Williams who taught them.

Thanks go to Test Valley Brass who played a range of music throughout the event.

The steam engine had to stay on the outer edge of the field since the wet weather left the ground rather soft for the monster to crawl over. Longparish Cricket Club would not have appreciated ruts in their field.

Compared with last year, our takings were up over £1000. The final profit for the Church and Village Hall will not be known for a while, as expenses have to be deducted. Nona is very pleased with the result, as I am. I feel we did achieve our aim and that was to make it a 'retro' fete harking back to a time of simple pleasures with community involvement in this busy high tech age.

Thanks go to everyone involved who made it a memorable and enjoyable day for all.

Nigel Goodliffe

More thanks The biggest thank you should go to Nigel, who rescued the fete last year by taking over the organisation at the last minute, and who made it such a success this year, ably helped by Gloria. Nigel said that he will help next year's organiser, but wants to hand on the responsibility to someone else.

Grand Draw Prize Winners
1. £200 Williams
2. Television
3. X Grill
4. Brandy
5. Biscuits
6. Cushions
7. Rug
8. Whisky
9. Books
10. Red wine
D. Cox
11. Clacy's voucher
12. Cheese dish
13. £5 M & S voucher
14. Sherry
15. Chocolates
16. Meal for 2 at the Cricketers
17. Chocolates J.Freeman

Once again, I would like to thank everyone who sold draw tickets before the fete and helped me on the day - very much appreciated!

Jan West


The barn dance was a great evening and it raised over £300. And the children raised £269 from their trikeathon. Thank you to everyone who organised and supported these events