Wolferton hosts village fete

Wolverton village fete with Too many Whickers playing. MLNF15MF08033 ANL-150209-173841001
Wolverton village fete with Too many Whickers playing. MLNF15MF08033 ANL-150209-173841001
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It’s not often you see a traditional one-day village summer fete attracting a crowd of more than 2,000 people.

But then not every fete follows in the footsteps of the former Wolferton Scarecrow Festival.

Wolverton village fete with the Punch and Judy with Rollo and Tommy the clown MLNF15MF08032 ANL-150209-172940001

Wolverton village fete with the Punch and Judy with Rollo and Tommy the clown MLNF15MF08032 ANL-150209-172940001

Sunday saw the first ever Wolferton Village Fete, which was created to replace the festival after residents said the three-day extravangza had become too big for the village and called for it to be axed.

Now the Wolferton Events Committee said it will go back to the drawing board for next year’s summer event after the message from both visitors and villagers was clear – “we miss the festival”.

Committee member Tom Slack said: “Many people who attended on Sunday said they missed the festival, so we will have to sit down and see what we do for next year. It may be that we keep to one-day but bring more of the scarecrow element back to it.”

He said the fete itself was a huge success, with everyone making the most of the day before the rain came later in the afternoon.

Wolverton village fete in the village a Billy-No-Mates figure appears. MLNF15MF08036 ANL-150209-173647001

Wolverton village fete in the village a Billy-No-Mates figure appears. MLNF15MF08036 ANL-150209-173647001

Rather than being held in one location like most similar events, the fete was spread across the village, with an art exhibition and music in the church; archery, face painting and children’s games at Marsh Farm; a barbecue at the Social Club; and a classic car display, coconut shy and Thomas the Tank Engine at The Royal Station.

Money raised from the event is still being collected, but it will be split between the committee’s nominated charity, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, village scout and guide groups, and village amentities and maintenance.