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Summer weather is a bonus for village fete

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 29, 2013

  • Henry Forrester with his winning box of home grown vegetables

  • George Ratcliffe at the plant stall

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VILLAGERS and other visitors turned out in force to support the Waterfall Church Fete on Bank Holiday Monday.

The event was held in a large marquee in a field opposite to the village hall in brilliant summer weather.

Keen rivalry was again seen in the box of garden produce competition.

The winner was Henry Forrester, second was Gunther Karras and third Bob Salt.

Following the judging, all the entries in the competition went under the auctioneer’s hammer of Stan Harvey to help boost funds further.

Mr Forrester’s box of vegetables was knocked down at £16.

The event was opened by the Rev Robert Ellis, who had helped out in the community while the vicar’s position was vacant. The post has now been filled by the Rev Arthur Hack.

During the day, there were many stalls and games for people to participate in and a demonstration was provided by the Ironpitts Gun Dogs.

Churchwarden Joan Clowes said: “We are very pleased with the excellent turn-out of people to the event.

Everyone has been so supportive and have also contributed to the day.

“We invited Rev Robert Ellis to open the Wakes Day fete as he helped us out while we had no vicar.”

The fete was one of several events the village staged to celebrate its Wakes week.

On Sunday evening, a “Songs of Praise” service conducted by Pat Barlow was held in the marquee on the fete site.

To conclude the Bank Holiday events, a whist drive was held in the village hall on Monday night.

The village also staged a pig race on Saturday evening in aid of the community minibus.

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