Shalfleet fete has been held on August Bank Holiday Monday for over 100 years. This year was no different despite the rain in the morning. It took 46 volunteers from Shalfleet village, Shalfleet church, neighbouring villages and even some supporters from further afield on the Island ( including relatives who chose the wrong week to stay) to organise and run the fete. The fete has kept a very traditional style relying on locals rather than importing attractions from further afield. We are indebted to the army of volunteers who gave their time, money, donations, and effort without whom the fete could not take place.
There were over 100 adventurous adults and children who undertook the marathon climb of 64 steps to the top of the medieval tower (built circa 1070). Those who braved it were rewarded with fabulous views across the countryside. Those who missed it will have to wait until next year when it opens again. Most visitors stopped off at the hall for teas & cakes. The children ran off some energy on the bouncy castle, then went to meet the Alpacas (from West Wight Alpacas in Wellow), played skittles, bought some sweets, played with the vicar’s (David Bevington) train set and browsed the toy stall. Adults were attracted to the raffle, the stalls selling home made cakes, books, Bob’s local honey, the produce and plants from volunteer’s gardens and household items.
This year we started a new attraction of a Dog Show which was a roaring success, and we were lucky to receive musical entertainment from the FaT Samba Band and two supporters who serenaded us all with their Accordion playing.
Special thanks to the generous raffle prizes donated by local businesses Shalfleet Village Stores, New Inn, Sun Inn (Calbourne), Chessell Pottery, Horse and Groom, Calbourne Mill and those individuals who would like to remain anonymous.
A great time was had by all as well as managing to raise just over £2000 for the benefit of Shalfleet Church, Shalfleet Village Hall and the Village News magazine.