Final programme for Hollingbourne’s day of fun at the Summer Fete.

The Hollingbourne Fete Committee have issued a final programme for the Rio Olympics themed Annual Summer Fete and Exemption Dog Show which takes place on the Lance Memorial Playing Field on Saturday 11th June. The final timings of events are different to those published in the June Parish Magazine and elsewhere on posters in the village. In particular the Fete starts at 1pm and the races at 1.15pm and NOT as stated elsewhere. Please Read More for the programme for the weekend.

Friday 11th June.

6pm – Volunteers are wanted to help with the movement of the stall gazebos and other Fete equipment from the loft in the Cardwell Pavilion.

Saturday 12th June

8.30am – Volunteers are wanted to help with the erection of the gazebos around the Arena.

Stallholders are reminded that no tables will be supplied this year so please bring your own tables. Additionally there will be no chairs for spectators around the Arena and elsewhere so if wish to sit down please bring your own folding chair.

10.30am – Opening of public car park manned by volunteers from the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust. Donations gratefully received.

11.15am – Arrival of the French visitors from Templeuve for coffee and refreshments organised by the Hollingbourne Twinning Committee at All Saints’ Church. The Templeuve coach will be parked in Church Approach during the Fete.

12.30pm – Classic Cars leave The Windmill PH car park – any car owner who would like to take part is invited to be at the Village Hall for the motorcade.

12.45pm – Classic Cars arrive at the Fete and parade in the arena

1.00pm – Fete Opening Ceremony by Sir David Steel (CEO of Leeds Castle)

1.05pm – Judging of stalls by Sir David Steel

1.15pm – Sports Events in arena organised by Val and Alan Williams as listed below.

Egg and Spoon Races

5-8 years

9-11 years

12-16 years

Adults mixed

Sack Races

5-8 years

9-11 years

12-16 years

Adults mixed

Running Races

0-4 years

5-8 years

9-11 years

12-16 years

Ladies over 16

Gentlemen over 16

Senior Citizens’ Egg and Spoon Walking Races

Ladies 60+

Gentlemen 60+

Winners will receive a unique medal and photographs of contestants will be available in due course from Christopher’s Village Shop in Eyhorne Street.

2.30pm – Maypole Dancing by Hollingbourne Primary School with Ralph Baldock.

3.00pm – Exemption Dog Show organised by Sharon Farrington.

The classes for the Exemption Dog Show are as follows:

Prettiest Girl

Handsomest boy

Best trick

Dog most like owner

Waggiest tail

Best condition

Fancy dress

4.15pm – Direction Performing Arts Dance Group.

4.50pm – Prize giving by a Joelle Dupriez, Vice-Mayor of Templeuve.

5.00pm – Tug o’ war competition – teams of eight are invited.

5.30pm – Fete closes, departure of Templeuve visitors, and evening events begin including music by the Screaming Blue Scoundrels with a bar and “street food” from the Dirty Habit available. It is expected that the bar which will open at 11am will close around 8pm.

Volunteers are required for the de-montage of the gazebos and clearance of the Arena.

Sunday 13th June

9am – Volunteers are wanted to help with the final site clearance.

Monday 27th June

8pm in the Dirty Habit in Upper Street – Summer Fete Review Meeting which will include the setting of the date for the 2017 event.

The Master of Ceremonies for the Fete is Andrew Snowdon and the Fete Coordinators are Mike Bedwell (Tel 07932164839) and David Ardley (Tel 880883) to whom any enquiries should be addressed.

During the day the Hollingbourne boules piste will be available for anybody who wishes to try the game.

The latest forecast for the weather on Saturday is a dry but cloudy day so Hollingbourne residents may have to imagine that is as warm as the sun on the Rio Olympics logo which is pictured below.