ST GILES smiled sweetly on Graffham over the weekend.
The patron saint of Graffham’s church, whose saint’s day was celebrated in Graffham on August 31, summoned a glorious sunny day for the village fete, postponed from a very wet and dreary bank holiday Monday.
Villagers rallied together a second time, some taking over stalls at the last minute, others rearranging activities previously planned for the day.
Simon Mitchell, chairman of Graffham recreation ground, the charity that benefits principally from fete proceeds, said: “I’d especially like to thank our vicar, the Rev Michael Barter for moving the St Giles’ tea to September 7 and Sandra Largan of Midhurst and Easebourne Junior Football Club for moving their fun day of football to October.”
Football was still played, as beat-the-goalie joined scores of traditional stalls.
Fete goer’s wandered around with ice creams in hand, shying coconuts, bidding on lots donated by businesses in the silent auction, and attempting to win the star prizes in the tombola. Meanwhile, younger attendees skidded down a 60ft water slide, getting very wet and drying off quickly in the warm summer sun.
The star of the show, however, had four legs – an 11-year-old Tibetan terrier called Tilly. Always a popular part of Graffham’s fete, the dog show was Tilly’s first-ever. She won best veteran dog and best in show.