Hollingbourne’s Women’s Institute won first prize for the best stall at today’s Annual Fete and Exemption Dog Show which was attended by almost a thousand people. There were nearly thirty stalls and a full Arena programme which continued until late afternoon before proceedings were interrupted by heavy rain. The evening event featuring the Screaming Blue Scoundrels continued with the spectators under the stall gazebos which were corralled around the entertainment area.
Sir David Steel, CEO of Leeds Castle, opened the Fete and the prizes were presented at the end of the afternoon by Joelle Dupriez, Vice-Mayor of Hollingbourne’s twin French community of Templeuve. Over 50 people came from Templeuve for the day and were met by the Hollingbourne Twinning Committee with coffee and refreshments at All Saints’ Church on arrival from France before the start of the Rio Olympics themed Fete.
The openinmg of the Fete was preceded by a small motorcade of classic cars through the village and the aafternoon’s events included sports races, displays by the children for Hollingbourne County Primary School, an Exemption Dog Show, a dance display by Direction Performing Arts, and a Tug O War Competition.
A Summer Fete Reveiew meeting will be held on Monday 27th June in the Dirty Habit at 8pm to consider a date for the 2017 event and other matters.
Some pictures of the day appear below. More pictures will appear on subsequent pages on this website in due course.
Top left is the arrival of the Templeuve visitors, top right is Sir David Steel, CEO of Leeds Castle with Mike Bedwell, Parish Council Chairman, bottom left is the winning WI stall with Sue Woodhouse, Mary Henderson, and Janice Butler, and bottom right is the coconut shy which was rune by the grandson of Sid Jenkins in aid of the Heart of Kent Hospice. Sid who died within the last year had run the coconut shy for thirty years until last year.
Pictures of highlights of the day taken by Paul Dixon are at https://www.hightail.com/download/cUJYeW41MGs5Rlp2Zk1UQw A full archive is at https://www.hightail.com/download/cUJYeW41MGs5RmF2eE1UQw