The 2021 Hatley church fête raised lots of money

Over £1,000 for Hatley and Gamlingay churches


Sarah Titmus' photo of the tug-of-war at the Hatley and Gamlingay Church Fête in Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, 29th August 2021.

By our on-the-spot reporters Nicola Jenkins and Mervyn Lack

Len Thomas' photo of a boy building a tower block at Hatley and Gamlingay Church Fête in Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, 29th August 2021.

Building a tower block at the church fête in Hatley St George. Photo – Len Thomas. Click the pics for larger versions.

After two years without a village fête it was great to see the event back on the calendar, superbly organised by Sarah Titmus and supported by her willing band of helpers.

It was held to raise money for the Hatley St George and St Mary’s, Gamlingay, churches on the playing field in Hatley St George on 29th August.

An air show too (sort of)
The day was overcast, not terribly warm but, thankfully, dry – and despite competition from the Little Gransden air show (although it did provide additional overhead entertainment with a variety of planes, two with wing walkers), annual holidays and the after-effects of the recent pandemic (many people had not seen each other for eighteen months), the villagers from Gamlingay and Hatley were only too keen to get back to socialising, looking around and chatting over a nice cup of tea.

Sarah Titmus' photo of the tug-of-war at the Hatley and Gamlingay Church Fête in Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, 29th August 2021.

The tug-of-war. Photo – Sarah Titmus.

Sarah Titmus' photo of the tug-of-war at the Hatley and Gamlingay Church Fête in Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, 29th August 2021.

The fête is ready to go! Photo – Sarah Titmus.

STeaching time – Len Thomas' photo of a reading lesson at the Hatley and Gamlingay Church Fête in Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, 29th August 2021.

A reading lesson. Photo – Len Thomas.

The boy with the painted face – Sarah Titmus' photo from the Hatley and Gamlingay Church Fête in Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, 29th August 2021.

Face painting, too. Photo – Sarah Titmus.

Much to do
There were plenty of attractions to encourage adults and children to spend their pennies, and pounds, to support the fund-raising activities.

The adults had a selection of stalls selling plants, books, model cars, Jenny’s homemade books, Claire’s homemade bags and Becky’s jewellery. Mark was selling honey, Hatley parish council were there to chat to and ask questions of (they had an impressive display with lots of information and a variety of giveaways), the Gamlingay and Hatley Swift Project flew in and, for the needy, there was the very popular Pimms stall.

Games – and a dog show
The kids were provided with face painting, a series of games to try and a bouncy castle, which, as always, was very keenly populated – and they had great fun taking part in the tug-of-war. Don’t kids love a bit of competition?

Linda Hudson's photo of Rolo, the best in show dog at the Hatley and Gamlingay Church Fête in Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, 29th August 2021.

Rolo, best in show dog. Photo – Samantha Mannock.

The dog show, organised by Cyndy from Top Dog, was a new venture and attracted a lot of interest and support.

There were many classes for everyone to enter (just as well given some very competitive owners!) and most of the dogs came away with a rosette of some colour or the other. Our photo is of Rolo, who won the ‘Best in show’ prize (click on it for a larger image).

The BBQ, selling burgers and hot dogs, was, as ever, very well visited and provided something filling to keep the visitors going during their meanderings.

And not forgetting the tea tent
After all this excitement there was the tea tent to retire to. A range of hot and cold drinks, ice creams and a wonderful display of donated homemade cakes.

Sarah Titmus' photo of the tea tent at the Hatley and Gamlingay Church Fête in Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, 29th August 2021.

The busy tea tent. Photo – Sarah Titmus.

The Revd. Hilary Young was on the public address previewing the events, announcing prize winners and keeping everyone informed of what was going on.

She reports that she received many favourable comments on the really nice atmosphere and sends a ‘thank you’ to everyone who gave time and lent materials to make the whole event work.

Special thanks too to all those who made cakes and contributed plants and books etc, the stallholders, helpers and contributors who made for such an enjoyable and successful afternoon.

Nearly £1250 raised
All-in-all a memorable, well organised, event which raised a grand total of almost £1,250 for the two churches.

Here’s to next year’s, and succeeding, fêtes. Long may they continue.

Post belatedly created 9th September 2021; updated 16th September 2021.