A superbly well organised fete masterminded by Jan Doick and her team of Revd Harriet Neale-Stevens, Katrina Phipps and Heather MacFarlane-Cryer was well attended by crowds of people who flocked to this popular annual event on a swelteringly hot summer's day in the vicarage garden.

Stalls included a Bottle Tombola, Vintage Home, Hobby & Crafts, Woodcrafts, Arts & Crafts, Books plus CDs and DVDs, Plants, Cakes, Pre-loved & Collectibles, Homeware & Jewellery, Jams & Preserves. For those who got thirsty in all the heat, or were feeling hungry there were hot dogs, a taste of India, a sweet stall, ice-cream, lemonade and the ever-popular cream teas.

There were plenty of games around for the more active visitors, plus face painting for the children, activities and quizzes, 'guess how many sweets in the jar' name the bear, lucky dip, hook-a-duck, the intriguingly-named 'buying time' and, for the creative there was even the chance to try clay modelling.

Entertainment was provided in the central arena by the Patcham Silver Band (joined by an additional instrumentalist towards the end when Revd Harriet joined in). Shady the Magician once more astonished us with his tricks, the church bells pealed melodically in the background and there was a demonstration of amazing dexterity and musicality when the church handbells rang out.

The colourful programme, was supported by a number of local advertisers, to whom we are most grateful. The fete raised in the region of £4,000 - the exact amount will be announced at a later date.

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