Fete

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Fete 2019 Boules. Just some of the competitors and spectators who enjoyed a great evening of Boules
Fete 2019 Boules. Phil umpiring a match, with trusty tape measure and pint close to hand
Fete 2019 Boules. Tessa's first throw of the match
Fete 2019 Tea Party and a trolley full of delicious cakes
Fete 2019 Boules. John concentrates on a good first throw
Fete 2019 Boules. Phil trying out the alternative underhand throw
Fete 2019 Tea Party Roger and Mary have empty plates to fill
Fete 2019 Boules. Sean, John, Terry and Chris display the excitement mounting as everyone waits for the start of the competition
Fete 2019 Boules. Roma sends a good Boule well on its way to the jack
Fete 2019 Boule.  Measuring to the nearest millimetre, Umpire Wayne decides who is going through

The Fete has been a central part of village life since records began, held in the community openspace/children’s play area in the centre of the village and very little had changed for many years. Today the fete remains an important part of village life but with a more modern twist. In recent years the fete has been more locally known as “The Fete Week” due to a number of special events held during the week leading up to fete day.

Historically (and we mean over the last 20 years or more) the money raised from the fete (and additionally from the Knob Fest in more recent years) has been distributed equally to 4 main beneficiaries (and others such as the Church, First Responders, Tennis Club, & WI, on an ad-hoc basis).

The 4 were:

• The Savill Hall
• The Cattistock & Maiden Newton Football Club
• The Cattistock Cricket Club
• The Open Space Committee (Playground)

The Knob Fest and Village Fete were separated in 2015 and the new Fete Committee agreed that a major percentage of its funds should be donated to the Cattistock Community Fund so that it was more widely available for village use. That said, the committee have also agreed there would be an amount of money set aside to come back to the villagers more immediately for special village projects.

The first sign of this has been the organisation of a large Christmas tree each year outside the village hall, suitably dressed with beautiful lights funded by the CCF.

In 2016 the Fete supported the Library project organised by Peter Farmer, where the Fete allocated £500 for the purchase of shelving for the church and cafe. Many villagers have subsequently used this popular facility, with books donated for the fete bookstall being utilised to keep the library refreshed.

In 2017 the project was the reinstatement of the old red telephone box outside the Fox & Hounds. The original telephone box has been purchased from fete funds and once all the necessary arrangements have been made it will house the defibrillator (itself paid for by the Knob Fest). This project will take some time before it can be completed.

For 2018/19, we proposed the project be the reinstatement of the old lamp that used to reside in the square. The base for this was kindly donated by the late Pam Hatcher and will be cleaned and repainted, but the standard and lamp will have to be fabricated from new, so watch this space, or for the lamp in the village.

Email: Wayne Briggs or phone 01300 321525.

Fete 2019 Boules. In the lead and Richard has the honour to throw the first boule of the next end
Fete 2019 Boules. The 2019 Boules Runners-up are Simon and Jacqueline
 Fete 2019 Boules. 2019 Boules Champions, Tim and Richard receive the winners' trophy from Phil
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. Hasty Removals, with Natalie, Juliana and George
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. The Greenford Groovers Dance troup
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. Rupert shares his amazingly wide range of impressions of dogs barking
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. John gets the audience singing 'Take me home, Country roads'
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. And from Norway, Holly's amazing gymnastic dancing
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. An upbeat Brazilian 'Mas Que Nada' by Alicia
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. The United 4 Dance Troup from Greenford school
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. Aurelie's very own Queen Tribute
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. Joe presents a great version of Elvis' 'The wonder of you'
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. Tayton and Friend singing the Meow song
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. Phil and Ellen (plus Bob in the wings), aka the Dyke Pluggers, performing 'Summer Time'
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. Jackie and Will singing 'Grease', with a twist of HRT
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. The Judges:  introducing Colin (the friendly one), Ed (the one of few words) and Cathy (the one who loves all the acts)
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. Now an institution, Marcus and Monique perform their version of Esther and Abi's 'Cinderella Rockefella'
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. Everyone waits for the result of the public's votes
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. Jackie and Will are announced as the winners, but look at the brilliant reaction from the United 4 - wonderful!
Fete 2019 Cattistock's Got Talent. A very proud Will celebrates with the winner's cheque
Fete Day 2019. Two mature contestants on the Bungee Run, a picture of fun and determination
Fete Day 2019. Chris has the grill going well, as Karen serves John with a Burger
Fete Day 2019. Youngsters enjoying the simple fun of a Bouncy Castle
Fete Day 2019. Sheila helping Cathy and Sally at the plant stall
Simon having a busy day at the Tombola stall
Fete Day 2019. Customers enjoying rummaging through the book stall
Fete Day 2019. Two youngsters battle it out on the Bungee Run
Fete Day 2019. The super St Swithin's Band provide some great music
Fete Day 2019. Plenty of interst at the Grand Draw stall
Fete Day 2019. Jacqueline and Jenny in between customers
Fete Day 2019. Marie and Jenny selling a range of delicious cakes
Fete Day 2019. Roger throws his famous Fastball, as Pauline takes evasive action
Fete Day 2019. A youngster gets a bit of help with putting the knob
Fete Day 2019. A split second earlier and the rat would have been splatted
Fete Day 2019. And Barbara has organised yet another highly popular Silent Auction
Fete Day 2019. A special presentation as Ian presents Caroline Hamblett, Chief Executive of the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, with a cheque of £5,200 from the Dorset Knob Throwing event