ROGATE’S annual fete and flower show on Saturday (August 2) had a Bond theme and a licence to thrill.
And the crowds were not disappointed. with some £3,500 raised during the afternoon for the upkeep of the village hall and the recreation ground.
Brian Allison, chairman of the Village Committee, said, “The brief showers made no dent in everyone’s enthusiasm.
“This is a classic country fete and it was so good to see everyone having such a good time, making the hard work of so many volunteers in the village worthwhile.”
The Wake Walker Cup, awarded to the family who contributed most to the fete, was won by the Yellop family.
Highlights of this year’s fete included children’s entertainer Tony Spaghetti who kept the youngsters amused, stalls featuring children’s activities and games, co-ordinated by Anna Lobbenberg, helping to raise money for Winston’s Wish, the charity that supports bereaved children.
There was a book stall, which filled the village hall, organised by Ian Peters, a huge range of items on the bric-a-brac stall, organised by Klaus Buell, classic cars from the LL Club and Liss Band who played throughout the afternoon.
Other activities during the afternoon included chuck-an-egg, panning for gold, coconut shy, George and the Dragon inflatable, target bowls and shoot-a-goal.
The crowds were also drawn to the model displays, working engines, alpacas, a cake stall and many other stalls for crafts and charities, including Petersfield and District Beekeepers’ Association.
Tea and cake were provided throughout the day thanks to the support of Rogate Youth Club.
Raffle prizes were donated by The White Horse, The Real Flower Company, Langrish House Hotel, Tesco, The Tarot Centre, Aquafayre, The Three Horseshoes, Durleighmarsh Farm, Ballards Brewery, Waitrose, Pallant House, West Dean and many others. Their support is greatly appreciated.
Master of ceremonies Stephen Taylor gave a tireless, entertaining commentary throughout the afternoon, keeping everyone informed.
The Royal British Legion manned the gates, collecting donations.
The money raised from the fete goes to support the Rogate village hall and recreation ground which is owned and run by a charity to provide recreational facilities for local people.