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St. Peters Fete 13th August 2006

When there's a high tide on a summer Sunday, then St Peter's arrange their annual Fete, knowing that people will desert the shrinking beaches and enjoy themselves in the Church grounds.

This year the entertainment mix was familiar and well tailored to the event - the weather less certain, so the organisers set up gazebos and used the church hall as well as the open air. In the end the sun shone for most of the day. The aim - to raise funds in support of Father Joe's unique Mission in far off Mivumoni, Kenya.
As ever, the organisers. led by Mary de Brunner, provided traditional stalls, the hall mark of the best English fetes.
The Cakes Stall was well set with goodies and they went like - hot cakes!

Plants for midseason were also in demand.

A sure-shot winnner was the Whisky stall - quality products for the connoisseur.
The first winner, proud of her prize!
In the church porch, the tombola was presided over by Geoff Breeze.
The bric a brac array again drew on hoarded objects to fill gaps on shelves and delight new owners.
Clothes, togs, kit, threads, gear, clobber even - all part of the scene.
Mary says that "We've worked out our routine - everybody knows what's needed - name the date and the stall organisers start work. We keep track of progress and ensure everything's there on the day!"
For light relief (children and adults) Mr. Bungle, the Clown, was on parade

And to bring the Fete to a climax, the ladies mounted a demonstration of Tai Chi, organised by Gill Breeze. A peaceful exercise - but with obvious links into martial arts.

And when the Mivumoni Mission, Kenya, logs in to the St Richard's website to see these pictures, they will identify with these groups in routines not unlike high spirited African parishioners photographed by Fr Kieron on a visit this year.

And here's the success story - Father Joe will shortly receive a total of - £2,891 (Two thousand eight hundred and ninety one pounds.) A memorable end to a season when St Peter's consecrated their re-ordered church and opened up the Marian garden.