On behalf of the Fete Committee, we thank everyone who helped to make the 2017 Whiteparish All Saints’ Church and School Fete such a huge success.

This year our theme was taken from the 175th anniversary of the opening of our village school. The fete was opened by Barbara Dear, one of the oldest living ex—students from the school, and by Alice Lingard-Kerr one of the youngest current pupils.

We also thank the many volunteers and helpers who gave up their time and skills to organise, set up, run and clear up all the events: The family Wacky Olympics, Hog roast, Barbecue & Band Night was very enjoyable as usual and the Fete itself on Saturday was blessed with great weather. We had a great mix of traditional and new events and stalls; the Romsey Old Cadets, Romsey ‘Achoiring Voices’ and the New Forest School of Dance entertained us, and our own Whiteparish First Responders team attended all events to keep us safe. The floral displays, exhibition by local artists and the school children’s competition entries, all of which were displayed in the Church, also added greatly to the day. The weekend was rounded off with an open air "Songs of Praise” service on the Memorial Ground on Sunday morning followed by a village picnic on the Memorial Ground inspired by the late Jo Cox MP.

Thanks as well, to everyone who came and supported the fete events. We hope you had an enjoyable time and in the process you have helped to raise much needed funds for the School and for the Church. Both organisations rely very heavily on the funds raised at this event and even for those in the village who are not directly involved with either the School or the Church, we hope you agree that Whiteparish would be a poorer place without them.

Many thanks as well to the many contributors to the Grand Draw and to our generous sponsors: Pains Fireworks, Lancer Property Asset Management, Lascar Electronics, PCMR Ltd, Personnel Placements, Raymond Brown Aggregates, Copyrite and Green Thumb Lawn Treatment.

With all your help and generosity we raised £8,453.08, which is shared equally between the School and the Church.

If you'd like to help organise the events for next year’s fete, please do come along to the initial meeting which will be held on Tuesday 10th October 2017 at 7.30pm at the Parish Lantern. All who are interested in helping either in a small or large role will be most welcome—no previous experience necessary!

Many thanks,
The Whiteparish All Saints’ Church & School 2017 Fete Committee


Grand Draw
£100 top prize: Sutherland
End of the Road Festival Ticket: Gray
Downton Leisure Centre Ticket: Dunlop

Adult: Ryan Bailey
15 and Under: Matthew Gillett
8 and Under: Sammy Terry

Competitions Displayed in Church

Key Stage 1: Portrait of Queen Victoria.
1st Prize: Meadow McVey
2nd Prize: Bethany Maryon

Lower Key Stage 2: "A Day in the life of a Victorian Child–Chimney Sweep"
1st Prize: Athenna Cazar
2nd Prize: William Florence

Upper Key Stage 2: "A Day in the life of a Victorian Child–Workhouse"
1st Prize: Joe Johnson
2nd Prize: Cameron Dow


Please make a note of the date of next year’s Fete, which is 23rd June 2018.

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