Summer fete for Cornard

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A SUMMER fete is taking shape in Great Cornard thanks to enthusiastic support from volunteers, writes Elliot Pinkham.

The event, which is provisionally scheduled for August 18, is being put forward as an idea to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

Speaking during Monday’s art, sport and leisure committee meeting at Great Cornard Parish Council, councillor Tom Keane said: “We had a meeting of interested parties from Great Cornard looking at the feasibility of staging a community event this year.

“The turnout was fantastic and there is plenty of enthusiasm. People have been told it is very much hands-on and we have had all manner of ideas.”

Mr Keane added that county councillors John Sayers and Peter Beer had been approached about each giving £500 from their locality budgets to help towards predicted costs of around £2,000.

Mr Keane also expressed his desire to set up an amenities committee in Great Cornard to help plan and organise similar events in future.

Committee chairman Tony Bavington said: “Tom is to be commended for his ideas. If he can get it up and running, then that is something we should be supporting.”

The committee unanimously agreed to support the fete, recommending funding of £500 and the use of the recreation ground. The plans will still need final approval by the full council.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Keane said he was using last year’s community fete, which marked the Royal wedding, as a template for ideas and activities.

“There were things like a Punch and Judy show and a kid’s entertainer and we want similar this year,” he said. “One of the ideas we have got is a grand fancy dress, with themes like the Olympics or the jubilee.”

Mr Keane said that although the plans were at an early stage, he was hopeful the fete would get the go-ahead.

“It will be a community event for the people of Great Cornard – we have got a long way to go of course but there is definitely the will power out there from the people that have come forward and no doubt there will be several more,” he said.

Anyone interested in getting involved should call Mr Keane on 07503 148375 or email