Whitchurch Fete

Whitchurch Village Fete – General Information

Whitchurch Village Fete has become the ‘local event of the year’ and is usually attended by over 3000 people who enjoy a variety of stalls, entertainment & amusement over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Year upon year, the Fete raises thousands of pounds which is distributed to selected local charities by the hard working organisers.

In 2016, year the Fete celebrated its 39th Anniversary & all the usual sections of the Fete were there, including the ever popular Dog Show, the Flower, Vegetable and Handicraft Show and a full programme of arena events. The number of stalls continues to grow selling everything from A to Z and there are the usual rides for younger patrons, who are invited to participate in the children’s sports. A Bar & a refreshment tent is always available.

The Fete started in 1977 when a small event was held to present souvenir plates to all children under sixteen years old to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Over the years it has grown from strength to strength and is now a major event of its type in the South Bristol area, with an increasing average attendance of some 3000 people.

The Fete is organised by the usual ‘volunteer committee’ who meet on a monthly basis, augmented with a large number of regular helpers for the event over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The Fete has various sections each with its own organiser, but coming under the overall umbrella of the committee. Events start on the Saturday evening with a country style dance (including a caller) in the marquee. A car boot sale is held on the Sunday morning.

The Bank Holiday Monday sees the opening of the Fete, usually at 1pm by a local celebrity. There is a large flower, vegetable and handicraft show, dog show (register at 12.30 judging at 1.30pm) plus over two hours of arena events. A large number of stalls and sideshows are available for people to enjoy. A licensed bar and various food outlets provide sustenance if required, with the tea tent highly recommended. Car parking is free in the Barbarians Ground, Norton Lane.

All profits are given to local groups and charities with thousands of pounds having been raised over the years.

For further details please contact Mr Ashton Broad 01275 832148




Whitchurch Village Fete 2017

The sun shone brightly on Whitchurch Village Fete’s 40th birthday and local folk (& their canine partners) made the most of the chance to meet up with friends and enjoy being entertained by events in the arena, including Concord band, Enchante Baton Twirlers, Shaolin Wushu martial arts, family sports, Ferretworld and Natalie White’s Dance School.

The Fete opened with waves from Paw Patrol lookalikes, Skye and Marshall from Special Occasions Mascots and Fete Princesses Mollie, Charlie & Ruby Hall in their bright blue beach buggy, followed by The Littlest Rescue’s Chewy the Bunny Car & life-size Bunny, Dermot O’Leary!

The marquee attracted a record number of entries and was filled with beautiful flowers, vegetables, arts and crafts, including a satsuma snail & an aubergine penguin!

A1 Pegasus Hawking gave the chance to handle their birds of prey, dogs braved the heat to enter the Dog Show and children had fun on teacup rides, trampolines, bouncy castle and traditional games such as roll-a-coin and table skittles, as well as learning about Guide Dogs for the Blind and more.

The Tea tent team sold their delicious cakes, and volunteers of all ages again worked together to make the day as successful as possible. The Barn Dance in the marquee with the ‘Granny Smiths’ on the Saturday night was enjoyed by all.

A huge thank you to those who collectively contributed hundreds of hours over the weekend and throughout the year to put on the event and to all those who had stalls and attended, also the local Scouts who did a great job with the car parking in the Barbarians Rugby field. And ‘Thank you’ to all those who sponsored activities and donated prizes. All proceeds from the events will go to local charities and organisations.

If this weekend event is to continue next year, more volunteers are needed – please, if you can spend a few hours a month, or help over the weekend, phone Ashton on 01275 832148 or
email Whitchurchvillagefete@hotmail.co.uk or
send a message via Facebook – www.facebook.com/whitchurchvillagefete

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Fete Princesses Mollie, Charlie & Ruby Hall, with Organiser Clare Broad

Fete Princesses Mollie, Charlie & Ruby Hall

Whitchurch Village Fete 2016 – Report

Whitchurch Village Fete organisers were desperately hoping for good weather this August Bank Holiday and they were not disappointed – the sun shone and members of the local community poured in – instead of the rain from the last two years. There was a vibrant atmosphere as the Snow Queen declared the Fete open accompanied by her two Fete Princesses, Lucy and Phoebe from St Bernadette Primary School.

A huge thankyou to those who collectively contributed hundreds of hours over the weekend and throughout the year to put the event on and to those who had stalls and attended, also the local Scouts who did a great job in the Barbarians rugby field car park.

The marquee was as usual filled with beautiful flowers, vegetable and arts and crafts, including a vegetable BFG and a yellow pepper Minion and during the afternoon events in the arena included the Concord band, Enchante Baton Twirlers, Shaolin Wushu martial arts, family sports and Ferretworld, with teams of children racing ferrets down tubes.

Dogs had fun in the Dog Show and attempting the agility course and children had fun on the teacup rides, trampolines, bouncy castle, archery (run by Bitton Archers) and traditional games such as roll–a–coin and table skittles, as well as learning about alpacas, birds of prey, guide dogs for the blind and more. The Tea tent team sold their delicious cakes and volunteers of all ages again worked together to make the day as successful as possible. The Barn Dance in the marquee with the ‘Granny Smiths’ on the Saturday night was enjoyed by all. A big ‘Thank you’ to all those who sponsored activities and donated prizes. All proceeds from the events go to local charities and organisations.

More photos to follow soon.

Update

“After a wonderful August Bank Holiday Monday, the Whitchurch Village Fete Committee was able to donate cheques to 18 local charities/organisations at their Presentation Evening at the Whitchurch Royal British Legion on November 17th. And we were treated to a demonstration by the Shaolin Wushu martial arts team who also pulled in the crowds at the Fete.
The Committee would welcome new volunteers to help at the Fete's 40th birthday next year, and any ideas/offers of special attractions - and do start growing your fruit & veg for the Flower Show – there will be classes for the biggest giant vegetables and the most unusual mis-shapen veg!”

Awards Photo Gallery 2016

WHITCHURCH VILLAGE FETE Report – 2015

For the 2nd consecutive year, many courageous people braved the wet bank Holiday weekend weather to attend the 39th Annual Fete Whitchurch Village Fete, which was opened by BBC Radio Bristol Presenter Laura Rawlings. She interviewed the Fete Princesses, Mia Spear and Aleesha Moon and praised the Organisers for their hard work throughout the year and on such a challenging day. The marquee was as usual filled with beautiful flowers, vegetable and arts and crafts, including a poodle made from broccoli and a Shaun the Sheep made from cauliflower and as the afternoon dried up, events in the arena included Keynsham Air Cadets band, the Kingswood Winds band, Enchante Baton Twirlers, Shaolin Wushu display, family sports and Ferretworld, with teams of children racing ferrets down tubes.

Bristol Zoo volunteers showed visitors tarantulas, giant snails and cockroaches, Agility 4 Dogs adult and junior members displayed their talents and a large variety of dogs entered the popular annual Dog Show. Children had fun on the Vertical Extreme climbing wall, teacup rides, trampolines, archery, laserquest and traditional games such as roll-a-coin and table skittles, as well as learning about alpacas, birds of prey, guide dogs for the blind and more. The Tea tent team sold their delicious cakes and volunteers of all ages again worked together to make the day as successful as possible.
The Barn Dance in the marquee with the ‘Granny Smiths’ on the Saturday night was enjoyed by all.
A big ‘Thank you’ to all those who sponsored activities, donated prizes and helped on the day. All proceeds from the events go to local charities or organisations.

Photos of the Fete are available here:–
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Whitchuch Village Fete Report – 2014

Some people in Whitchurch braved the rainy weather last weekend to attend the 38th Annual Village 'Underwater' Fete which was held in Greensmore Field on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Fete was opened by BBC News Presenter Alex Lovell, who came prepared with her brolly and praised the Organisers for their hard work throughout the year.

Although there were disappointing numbers through the gates, the Flower Tent was full of exciting entries and the show went on with events in the arena including Enchante Baton Twirlers, Shaolin Wushu display, family sports and Ferretworld, with teams of children racing ferrets down tubes. Children visited the Beau Street Hoard tent to make a replica Roman coin, the Midsomer Norton Brass Band played and the Tea tent sold their scrumptious cakes.

Volunteers of all ages worked together to make the day as successful as possible. The Barn Dance in the marquee with the 'Granny Smiths' on the Saturday night was enjoyed by all, and luckily it stayed dry for the popular Sunday car boot sale.

Photos of the Fete are available here:–
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Despite the awful weather which caused a relatively low attendance at this years fete, the following organisations benefitted from donations from the Fete Committee:–

  • ‘Enchante’ Baton Twirlers
  • Shaolin Wushu
  • Whitchurch Primary School
  • Scouts
  • Pegasus Hawking
  • Marine Cadets
  • Army Cadets
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • St Johns Ambulance
  • Keynsham Mencap
  • Barbarians Rugby Club

See the photos
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