Selham Fete raises thousands for good causes

The bottle tombola stall. Pictures by Oliver Van Zwanenberg
The bottle tombola stall. Pictures by Oliver Van Zwanenberg

EVERY other year, the tiny village of Selham holds a fete, and this year the crowds poured into John and Michelle Hancock’s garden.

An astonishing £3,700 was raised on the day for St James Church and local charities.

Traditional cream teas and ices were served throughout the afternoon and The Three Moles pub generously provided a thirst-quenching barrel of special beer.

Everyone spent the afternoon browsing through the bric-a-brac, second-hand books and a tempting ‘nearly new’ stall as well as gambling winning tickets at the tombola and bottle stalls.

There were locally-baked cakes and biscuits to buy and a table laden with produce from the village gardens.

All ages joined in with traditional games like Slap the Rat, Bowl for a Pig, 
Shoot the Rector, Beano Sponge Throwing, and a treasure hunt.

The highlight for the children was a straw maze of twisting passages to explore and there was intense competition at the dart board and coconut shy.

A happy winner of a load of logs provided by James Bird joined the celebrations of the raffle prize winners; tickets were drawn by the rector, Derek Welsman.

A special thank-you must go to Wig Wam Marquees for providing the tent and to everyone from Selham, Ambersham and Halfway Bridge who helped to make the 2013 fete yet another one to remembered.