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St Peter's Fete 2009 - Success in the Sun!


Clare Walton and Geoff Breeze report - photos by Michael Oliver

The fete was held on Saturday 22nd August, and once again we were blessed with glorious sunny weather, our success owing much to our team of fantastic volunteers/helpers. A small committee led by Clare Walton was set up early in the year to plan the event.

This year we had a lot more children to lend a hand, they were superb; two of them agreed to have the wet sponges thrown at them. Father Royston escaped before we could persuade him to have a go!!!!

Following last year's success, the event was again held on a Saturday, with plenty to see and do. The Tombola as always, a big hit, along with the books, plants, nearly new stalls.

We retained the successful Pimms Tent from last year introducing "Bacon Butties" which proved most popular. The Raffle 1st Prize of 100 was won by a visiting parishioner from Bognor Regis who just happened to be passing by and saw the fete in progress! She very kindly donated 25 back to the fete.

Much fun was had in the arena, The Pet show was well supported, with one of the big dogs being this year's winner.

St Peter Stakes horse race had the crowds cheering; the winning jockey riding home the blue horse. The children's games were well received.

An additional event this year was the "Tug of War challenge". Our Compere for the day, Ian Walton, flung down a challenge to any team to beat his own team. The opposing team took them on with real gusto and came out triumphant. They kindly donated their 10 win back to the fete.

The fete was extremely successful - a total of 2,500 was raised on the day. Once all expenses have been deducted the total will be split, of which 50% will be used for church/parish funds, while 50% will be donated to St Wilfrid's Hospice.

The charity was selected following a poll of parishioners over three weekend Masses. A large fancy cheque will be presented to local organiser, Marion Juggins in a few weeks time when we hope to gain a little well deserved publicity from the local press for our good works. A great day had by all.

Michael 's photos capture the variety and enthusiasm which go into all St Peter's events.