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Bright sunshine was the order of the day for the Annual Summer Fete and Exemption Dog Show on the Lance Memorial Playing Field which was attended by almost a thousand residents and their friends this afternoon. The event was opened by Councillor Malcolm Greer, the Mayor of Maidstone and guests included a coachload from Hollingbourne’s twin community of Templeuve en Peveule near Lille who came for the day and who brought their popular zumba dancing display team. The event was organised by Hollingbourne Fete Committee and supported by Hollingbourne Parish Council. UPDATED – The surplus on the Fete amounted to £191.22 excluding amounts raised by stall holders and others.
The French visitors who have come for the fifth consecutive year were provided by coffee and cake by members of the Hollingbourne Twinning Committee upon arrival at All Saints’ Church in Hollingbourne prior to the start of the Fete. This was organised by Barbra Gibbs and Pam Nash with help from Jenny Cox.
The arena events included sports, an exemption dog show organised by Sharon Farrington of the Large Breed Dog Rescue, dance displays including Maypole dancing organised by Ralph Baldock, Headteacher of Hollingbourne County Primary School, and ended with a traditional tug of war competition. The day was compered by Andrew Snowdon and Simon Hulme and the Arena events were coordinated by David Ardley and Mike Bedwell. The event was preceded by a small cavalcade of classic and interesting cars. The theme of the day was cartoon characters and the prize for the best stall was won by Jason Smith, a woodturner, who lives in Claygate in Hollingbourne.
The popular beer and Pimm’s bars were provided by the Dirty Habit in Upper Street and there were over 20 stalls that were organised by local organisations including All Saint’s Church, the Royal British Legion, the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust who also organised the car parking, the Women’s Institute, and many others. Any surplus will be used for local causes. At the end of the Fete most of the equipment including the gazebos was to be stored in the new container at the back of the Cardwell Pavilion instead of in the roof of the building. A Fete Review meeting will be held at 8pm in the Sugar Loaves in Eyhorne Street at 8pm.