Heavy rain can’t dampen Shimpling and Alpheton community spirit

READY, STEADY, THROW: Matt Gregory with his children, from left, Fraser, Caris and Harley.
READY, STEADY, THROW: Matt Gregory with his children, from left, Fraser, Caris and Harley.

WELLY throwing and terrier racing were the order of the day as heavy downpours failed to deter visitors to the Shimpling and Alpheton fete.

Hundreds of people turned out for the event at Shimpling Park Farm on Sunday and enjoyed tractor rides, a mini-Olympics and football challenges.

The star attraction of the event, which was run to raise funds for the villages’ churches, was the terrier racing, with dogs of all shapes and sizes cheered on in pursuit of a toy mole.

“The turn out was much better than we expected given the weather and that was testament to people’s spirits,” said Alice Pawsey, who hosted and helped organise the day.

“The terrier racing only takes place in Olympic years and was huge fun.”

Mrs Pawsey said although the proceeds had not yet been counted up, the money raised was likely to be more than anticipated.

“We had lots of local companies getting involved and the community really pulled together,” she said.

“I was amazed by how many people came and everyone was very jolly and didn’t seem to mind the rain.”