Our busy summer continues with a very enjoyable village fete in the gardens here on 12th July. Nearly four hundred people flocked to Mothecombe, a number well above our usual attendance, no doubt boosted by the illustrated article about the new Bee Friendly garden, which was in the Western Morning News a few days previously. Many interested people visited the gardens and studied the leaflets and bee identification chart provided.
There were lovely colourful stalls in the walled gardens, ranging from the traditional cake stall which sold out halfway through the afternoon, a garden stall with free tasting of delicious home-made elderflower cordial, to snazzy beach bags and pretty childrens’ stationery. The day kicked off accompanied by Steve Jenner’s Ukelele Band, with a completely new repertoire, followed by the Metropolis Swing Band, for their second visit in nine months!
Down in the orchard, the children (and fathers) had a hilarious time with welly throwing, coconut shy (tins), face painting and the amazing Woodlouse Derby (we are a village of infant gamblers!). In the paddock, Mike Gray gave a wonderful demonstration of dog agility and obedience.
Food featured large, ranging from pulled pork and hot dogs, Moroccan lamb wraps and falafel, Grand Marnier crepes provided by the Twinning group, ice creams, and traditional cream teas and cakes served in the cool kitchen in Mothecombe House.
The fine weather broke just as Rev Legge was doing the draw, with a sprinkling of rain, which became heavy on cue at 4.45, ensuring that everyone left promptly. We raised just over £3,500 for All Saints Church, which for Holbeton is an impressive amount, as well as a decent amount for various village organisations who had stalls. But more importantly, everyone had a good day thanks to the help of so many people, and the fete was a real village affair.
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