Bustling fete deemed a great success

CAN WE TEMPT YOU?: From left, Ross McIntyre, Jenny Pitman and Karen Causton manned the cake, which proved very popular.
CAN WE TEMPT YOU?: From left, Ross McIntyre, Jenny Pitman and Karen Causton manned the cake, which proved very popular.
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BLUE skies and sunny weather were the answer to organisers’ prayers at the Great Henny annual fete on Saturday.

But the scorching temperatures also meant the planned fancy dress dog show, which was due to kick off the event, had to be scaled down.

Organiser Stella Bixley said: “Only one little girl turned up in fancy dress with her dog, but we were glad in the end that the competition didn’t take place because it was far too hot a day to put dogs in fancy dress.

“Overall, the event was a great success, and the setting beside the river was just lovely.

“We probably had fewer people come along than usual because of the really hot weather but those who did really enjoyed it, and the stall holders did a great job of making it look really pretty.”

Stallholders kept visitors amused with a big selection of sideshows, including hook-a-duck, hoopla, smash an egg on a post, splat the rat and a game to guess how many feathers were on Henny the swan.

There was also a range of stalls selling cakes and bric-a-brac, and a tombola.

Great Henny vicar the Rev Margaret King said the annual fete had raised around £1,600 for St Mary’s Church which will go towards repairs to the tower.

“We need several thousand pounds to fix the tower,” she said. “Lots of big cracks appeared last year around the church due to the dry summer, so we will need to raise funds towards that damage.

“But we are just keeping an eye on the cracks at the moment. A surveyor has been down and told us to keep measuring them for the next 18 months.

“We are absolutely delighted with how much was raised.”