Residents in Itchenor gathered on Saturday, May 26, for their first Village Fete in nine years.
The fete was organised by the Itchenor Memorial Hall and St Nicholas church with most of the monies collected going towards refurbishment of the Village Memorial Hall which was built shortly after the Second World War.
The fete was fortunate with the weather, as predicted thunder and rain seemed to overshoot the event altogether.
Children and adults were immediately confronted by the East Wittering Fire Brigade and a fire Eengine upon arrival.
there were abundant activities and things to see and do, there was a dog show which was enormously popular and run by its organisers, all of whom had been experienced exhibitors at Crufts in the past, with their own dogs.
In the hall itself there were mountains of cakes and teas and coffee being served along with exhibits of art and crafts. While all this was taking place Memorial Hall raffle tickets were being sold with a first prize of a pair of return tickets to New York sponsored by Fat Face and the Flight Centre in Chichester, this prize was eventually won by a young local Navel Marine, home on leave with his girlfriend.
Tony Roach & the Jazz Quartet provided entertainment and ice creams were enjoyed from Caroline’s Dairy Hand Made Luxury Ice Cream.
Stalls included; plants, a boat jumble with a beautiful sailing boat given to the fete, books, bottles and then an array of fun stalls including a coconut shy, duck pond, ring the bull and splat the rat.
the fete made a fabulous £8,500, all thanks to the enormous efforts of Itchenor residents who worked so tirelessly to make the event a success.