Bright sunshine draws the crowds for Annual Fete and Dog Show. – UPDATED.

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.

Some pictures of the day appear below:-

One of the classic cars at the display at Hollingbourne Fete. Left to right are James Tosh from Templeuve, Jason Smith who owns the TVR Chimera, and Councillor Malcolm Greer, Mayor of Maidstone who opened the Fete. It is understood that Maidstone Borough Council has no plans to replace the Mayoral Lexus with a TVR.
Geoff and Gillian Crabtree from Bicknor Park with a very rare Railton car at the parade of classic cars.
Members of the Hollingbourne Women’s Institute on their cartoon themed Stall. Left to right are Sue Woodhouse, Val Williams, Janice Butler, and Mary Henderson.
Shula Lee and her daughter, Rachel enjoying the day and taking a break from running the Hollingbourne Village Shop.
The children’s fancy dress competition that was by the Mayor of Maidstone. On the right is Andrew Snowdon who as as Arena compere for much of the afternoon.
Parish Clerk, Vicki Smith, entering into the cartoon spirit of the occasion as Marge Simpson.
One of the children’s sack races being started by David Ardley. Other sports events included running and egg and spoon races for different age groups. Hollingbourne trail-blazed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by having an unisex over 60’s egg and spoon race which was won by a 62 year old lady who was some way ahead of the 69 year old runner up.
At the conclusion of the maypole dancing and gym display by the children of Hollingbourne County Primary, a presentation was made by the Parish Council to Headteacher Ralph Baldock who retires next month after 28 years at the school. Left to right are Parish Councillor Michael Gray, Ralph Baldock, and Parish Council Chairman Mike Bedwell. It is understood that the new Headteacher from September will be Mrs Helen Bradley Wyatt, presently Deputy Headteacher of the Greenhills Community School in Maidstone.
The dog fancy dress class which was won by Widow Twankee (in the centre). Other classes included the handsomest boy, the prettiest girl, the best trick, the waggiest tail, and the best condition.
The New Directions Dance Group during their performance at the Hollingbourne Fete.
Jason Smith on the winning stall that was selected by the Mayor of Maidstone. The winner receives a silver plate which is held until the next Fete.
The not so successful “Hollingbourne Winners” in the tug of war competition which ended the afternoon’s entertainment. The event was organised by David Ardley (pictured ) with assistance from John Cobbett.