Thursday, 8 September 2016

Sunshine Success for Maisemore Fete

The day started clear and bright for this year’s Maisemore Fête as the stallholders arrived to set up. Would it continue? Yes!

Under glorious blue skies, the Fête was opened by Eric Freeman who described to guests some of his highlights of Maisemore and reminded us to cherish our village. The stalls inside and out were a buzz of activity as the sun continued to shine down on the Fête.

To the delight of Fête visitors, Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service arrived in a large fire engine and many of the children present were able to meet the firemen and sit in the driver's seat.

This year saw the Maisemore Football Club run an activity for the first time and test the sporting skills of villagers and visitors, perhaps they even found their next star striker!

Regular stalls returned and visitors were able to browse and buy books, bric-a-brac and cakes in the hall, or wander outside to try their luck on the coconut shy, tombola or hooking a duck. The produce stall was full of shining apples, juicy raspberries and fresh green beans, almost out-sparkling the jewellery.

The children’s races were as competitive as ever with the three categories showing we had some budding athletes present. Perhaps we will be seeing some Maisemore names at the 2024 Olympics!

The day concluded with the Grand Raffle draw and the announcement of the competition winners. With over 50 prizes donated this year, it is clear to see the generosity within the village. Our cake competition was won by Denise Sheldon, who created an MnM chocolate cake as her showstopper. The photo competition winners were Harvey Williams in the 16 and under category and Pascal Chamberlayne in the over 16s.

Many thanks to all those who helped and attended the Fête. See you next year!

Emma Holdaway

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