Fun for all at West Acre village fete

WEST ACRE VILLAGE FETE
Facepainting was among the attractions for youngsters ANL-160621-212353001

WEST ACRE VILLAGE FETE Facepainting was among the attractions for youngsters ANL-160621-212353001

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The community of West Acre staged its traditional village fete in the grounds of Abbey House on Saturday afternoon.

The event took place beneath threatening clouds though, fortunately, they hung onto the rain they contained.

WEST ACRE VILLAGE FETE
Ali Belton proudly shows off the badge, designed by village artist Charlotte Howarth,  she won in the duck race ANL-160621-212325001

WEST ACRE VILLAGE FETE Ali Belton proudly shows off the badge, designed by village artist Charlotte Howarth, she won in the duck race ANL-160621-212325001

“Everyone has their fingers crossed but we were very hopeful.

“We’ve had excellent weather the last four years,” said organiser, Kelly Smith, who emphasised that what they aimed for was a traditional village fete.

Some 40 volunteers manned a wide range of stalls which included strawberry teas, cakes, a tombola, wood turning, refreshments, bowling for a pig, face-painting, a coconut shy and garden plants donated by local business, West Acre Gardens.

There was also nail bashing where contestants attempted to drive six inch long nails into a tree stump using only the thin end of a special peen hammer.

WEST ACRE VILLAGE FETE
Nail bashing stall holders Fiona and Neil Andrew watch Rita Mowles attempt to drive a six inch nail into a tree stump ANL-160621-212340001

WEST ACRE VILLAGE FETE Nail bashing stall holders Fiona and Neil Andrew watch Rita Mowles attempt to drive a six inch nail into a tree stump ANL-160621-212340001

Another very popular event was duck racing on the nearby River Nar with races taking place every 20 minutes or so throughout the afternoon.

Race winners won a small money prize as a special badge which was designed by noted local artist, Charlotte Howarth.