The recently fabricated lantern of the Square's renovated street lamp
Simon wielding a pick to get the hole for the base underway
Peter: 🎶 And there I was, digging this 'ole, 'ole in the ground, so big and sort of round.....🎵
Jacob levelling off the base, watched by Simon and Lisa
Richard Read and Simon, picking up the base of the street lamp from West Norden Farm
The base completes the final part of its journey, outside the Savill Hall
Swinging the base onto the newly completed foundation
The penultimate section of the lampost arrives in the Square
Peter and Simon preparing to connect the electrics as the lamp is lowered onto its base
Peter attaching the Lantern
Representatives from the Lamp Crew: Peter, Wayne, James and Chris celebrate a quick test of the lamp before the public ceremony
Eve officially lights up Cattistock's renovated Street Lamp
A good crowd celebrated the finished Street Lamp project - and as the darkness drew in the lamp looked more and more splendid
The Carousel c 1908
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 Street Lamp story

You may all remember back in 2018 the Fete took on the a project to refurbish the old village lamp that used to stand in the Square many moons ago. Albeit it is now 2020 we are now in a position the start placing the lamp in its new home, the front left corner of the green outside the Savill Hall. Peter Hunt championed this project and has work tirelessly to get planning permission and all the restoration work organised so far. The other 2 members of the “Lamp Crew” are Simon Goodall & Wayne Briggs. Here we are in June and digging the hole for the first stage of the footings, Peter and Simon doing a grand job. Nick & Jacob Cheeseman were on hand to set the initial stage of the footings. Next stage is get the lamp base transported to the Savill Hall, Friday 26th June and set in its final layer of concrete, once again by Nick & Jacob.
To be continued……



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.

2019 Fete


Children’s Tea Party

This year’s Cattistock Community Fete week started on Sunday 7th July with the Children’s Tea Party, always well attended and very popular with the village folk. A fun time was had eating yummy home made cakes and drinking nice warming cups of tea. A huge thankyou to all the children and parents that supported the event: It was, as always, a successful and enjoyable afternoon.

Community Lunch

The next day, Monday 8th was the ever popular, and extremely well supported Community Lunch organised by Roma and her faithful support crew. A lunch fit for a king, served by a fantastic team of ladies that proved to be most enjoyable. Well done to the entire team and looking forward to the next one.


Our next event was on Tuesday evening, Bingo night, with our very own celebrity caller “Terry Legs Eleven White” as always causing a stir in the hall with his off the cuff calls: all good fun though.

Jumble Sale

Wednesday saw the return of the Jumble Sale. This year was very well supported by the villagers and we had an enormous amount of goods donated. We had a successful evening, this was primarily down to those who volunteered to sort the mountain of Jumble in readiness for the evening event. We did have leftovers, rather a lot really. We donated some to the Weldmar Hospice Charity via Peter Hunt and we received a thank you letter from Caroline Hamblett, Chief Executive Weldmar Hospice Trust, informing us that our contribution to the charity had raised £151.41; so thanks once again for your support. We also took some of the clothes to Clothes for Cash, another charity in its own right, and we received another £42 for the fete funds.

Boules Competition

Thursday was the Boules Competition in the Fox & Hounds car park, a great turn out and a fantastic evenings entertainment, along with a few drinks of course, and thanks to Phil Evans who came up with this idea a few years ago, it has grown in popularity year on year. Well done to the winners Richard & Tim and the worthy runners up Jacqueline & Simon.

Fete Quiz

Friday was the Fete Quiz, with our very own Quiz Master Neil Rowlands at the helm. Always well supported with very competitive teams. A fun evening and educational too.

Cattistock’s Got Talent

Saturday Night was Show Night, the return of Cattistock’s Got Talent, and boy does it have talent. A fantastic evenings entertainment of song, dance, comedy and more. The winners of the show were voted on by you, the local community and of course the “Judges”, aka Colin, Cathy & Ed, who were fair with all their comments and support. A huge thank you to you 3 for being part of the show. The eventual winners were Jackie & Will with their own spin of a famous Grease Movie song that included “HRT”. Well done to both of them and all the acts that performed that night. A special thank you goes out to the organiser of this very successful event, Monique Taylor, who also performed a duet on stage with Marcus, fantastic, well done you.

Fete Day

Fete Day, the sun was shinning, the atmosphere was one of enjoyment and was very well attended, despite fearful competition such as, Wimbledon Men’s Final, The British Grand Prix and Cricket, so a huge thank you to everyone who turned up to support the oldest annual event held in the village. We took the opportunity to present a cheque to Weldmar Hospice on behalf of the Dorset Knob Throwing Committee following the event on May 5th 2019, Caroline Hamblet received the cheque for £5,200 from our very own Ian Vine (Treasurer to DKT) well he looks after the money anyway!!! New for 2019 we incorporated 3 of the DKT knob games, Putt the Knob, Knob Pyramid & Splat the Knob. All were very well received and supported.


It goes without saying, the Fete Week takes a lot of organisation by a group of volunteers that give up their time for the benefit of everyone that attends, Cattistock villagers and surrounding villagers alike, and this unique “Fete Week” will continue next year in 2020 Brexit Deal or No Deal, so please continue to support the fete as you always have.

Lastly, thank you to everyone who supported our Village Fete in 2019 and look forward to seeing you next year.


Regrettably with the current situation as it is, the Fete Committee have no option but to cancel the 2020 Village Fete and its associated events, this follows almost every event planned for this summer throughout the UK. However, the Fete will be back next year with the week’s events starting on Monday 5th July 2021 and Fete Day being Sunday 11th July 2021.

Look forward to seeing everyone there.

Wayne Briggs


Though the 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, 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