Today’s Annual Hollingbourne Summer Fete and Exemption Dog Show opened at 1pm in pouring rain and heavy winds which stopped at about 2pm as the sun came out. Only a small handful of residents braved the opening of the Fete at 1pm by Jim Findlay MBE because of the bad weather which meant that the stall gazebos that had been erected had to weighted in order to stop them blowing away. The organisers led by David Ardley of the Fete Committee had expected only a little rain with the promise of sunshine later in the afternoon. In the event the rain was torrential and some of the Arena events had to be rearranged or cancelled.
Jim Findlay, who received his MBE in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the Hollingbourne community, opened the Fete after an introduction by Andrew Snowdon who has been the Fete Compere for many years. Jim Findlay, who has recently retired from the post of All Saints’ Churchwarden and many other local offices, is shortly to move from Broad Street with his wife Carole, who edits the Hollingbourne Parish Magazine.
As soon as the rain stopped and the sky cleared, hundreds of people started arriving for the event which is held on the Lance Memorial Playing Field each year.
Unfortunately the good weather did not last and heavy rain returned with the event ending earlier than in previous years when there has been generally good weather.
The prize for the Best Stall was won by Hollingbourne Women’s Institute and the judges were Jim Findlay, Helen Bradley-Wyatt of Hollingbourne County Primary School, and Parish Councillor John Cobbett.
The provisional date for the 2020 event is 6th June and this will be confirmed in due course by Hollingbourne Parish Council.
Some pictures of the day appear below.
Members of the Maidstone Steam Punk group on their stall before doing an arena display at the 2019 Fete.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Stall at the 2019 Fete.