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Crowds flock to village fetes
8:00am Sunday 1st September 2013 in News
CROWDS turned out in force to two of the most popular events on the local village fete calendar – encouraged no doubt by the sultry sunny weather on bank holiday Monday.
With refreshments and food stalls doing well organisers were hopeful of more than exceeding their targets for village good causes.
At Appleshaw the local show raised £3,000 last year in far less welcoming weather condition and hoped to exceed the £5,000 raised in 2011.
Judging by the crowds attracted they looked on target to do so.
The event was opened by village resident Fin Hughes, who raised £18,000 in a charity cycle ride in Australia, and included family games and children’s activities, books, bric-a-brac, home produce, hog roast, a Pimm’s tent, beer, tea and cakes, flower and produce show, dog show and clay pigeon shoot.
The Barton Stacey-based Jubilee Traditional Jazz Band (formed during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee) made things go with a swing with additional music from the ‘For the Love of Music Choir’.
Events included a pigeon release, clay pigeon shoot, fancydressparade,dog show, classic car rally, races and a tug of war.
Goodworth Clatford Village Fete Club proved to be a convivial and popular event with a wide range of stalls shoehorned into the grounds of the Village Club.
It also attracted a large number of visitors including a fair few with four legs as the event had a number of doggy contests in the main arena including waggiest tail, shaggiest dog, best child handler and dog that the judge wouldmost like to take home.
Prizes were presented by the Mayor of Test Valley Mrs Jan Lovell.
Meanwhile in Andover a free Family Fun Day in the Merlin Car Park on King Arthur’s Way attracted a steady stream of visitors with a wide range of activities including live music, a disco/karaoke, bouncy castle, climbing wall, face painting and a petting zoo – plus stalls.
The event was put on courtesy of The Merlin, Andover Beat, Test Valley Community Services and Alamein Community Association.
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