There is nothing certain in life – other than death, taxes…and a record breaking Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Village Fete, it seems! Having broken through the £4,000 ceiling for the first time in 2010, Fete profits were close to £4,500 this year.
The money is very important of course, because it helps many village organisations to develop. Just as important, though, a financially successful Fete means that people have really enjoyed themselves. That is very rewarding for all the stall-holders and helpers who do so much to prepare for it.
The same stalls as usual made most money: White Elephant, Books, Pimms, Bottles, Teas, and the WI’s home made and grown produce. It was also great to see new ideas proving popular this year – from archery to wind organs. Everyone who put in so much hard work deserves our thanks. Most of all a very big thank you to Jim and Madeline Sanger for so patiently putting up with us in their lovely Moreton House garden.
Profits now get split between different village organisations, who bid to meet a specific funding need. While the rules are not hard and fast, we do try to favour organisations that have made big efforts to support the Fete, and other fundraising events during the year.Hugh Roderick
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