Hartfield Village Fete

Another successful village fete with a huge number of lovely compliments about how much people enjoyed the day, revelling in the number of fun sideshows, the free children’s professional entertainment, the amazing variety of refreshments & the cross section of local and commercial stalls. The dog show was as ever popular with some additional doggie events this year. The standard of flowers, produce and crafts in the marquee were exceptional. As well as local people, return visitors came from far and wide as the popularity of the fete has grown. Remarks such as “the best fete around” were extremely rewarding to hear and the atmosphere was great. Inevitably there were just a handful of negative comments from disgruntled locals but these were remarkably few and we will be happy to respond to any criticisms at a feedback meeting on the 22nd October in the village hall or by phone or letter.

A very small committee of key people, led by Chair Abi Burnett, work exceptionally hard throughout the whole year contacting advertisers and sponsors, booking commercial stalls and planning the layout of the Town Croft, introducing new fun events, purchasing replacement equipment and sourcing a variety of professional entertainment, particularly for the children despite the prices each year rising enormously. Supplies need to be bought and this can be so weather dependent and changing trends. Advertising is key in publications, banners and signage need updating and parking signage is necessary to manage the limited space we have. Managing the finances, organising invoices and floats and counting the proceeds, arranging licences and insurance – a great deal of work goes on behind the scenes too. We try to involve all the local organisations as much as possible and are very grateful for those who stepped up their efforts to help at the last minute. The fete itself involves three days of hard slog, setting up on the Friday, the day of the Fete and clearing up the next day which this year involved a small number of mainly exhausted committee and horticultural committee members, dismantling tents and packing away all the equipment trying to get “a quart into a pint pot” into the now shared Croft barn section. One or two stalwarts turned up to help but more would have been appreciated.

Some of the current committee members would dearly love to hand on some of these duties but without younger people taking over and committing themselves, the future of the fete in its present form is dubious. A shame but maybe inevitable – it is really up to the Community.

Here are some dates for your diary:-

5th October – Final date for applications for organisations to apply for a share of the funds. Contact Pauline Burnett Dick for a form pjburnettdick@yahoo.co.uk Hopping Tom’s Oast, Chuck Hatch, TN7 4EX

11th October 7:30pm – Thank you drink & few snacks for helpers in the back bar of the Anchor, chat and comments!

22nd October at 7.30pm – Full feedback meeting, Inkpen Room of the village hall 

Nancy Holmes 01892 770294
Pauline Burnett Dick 01892 770088

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