Little Bytham Village Fete

The Little Bytham Village Fete takes place in the village during June each year.  In 2011 the Fete took place on Sunday 12 June starting at 2.00pm.


From the Glenside News (May 2011) (added : 03/05/11 : MG)

People flock to our Fete from Stamford and Peterborough because they say it has a unique atmosphere. We think it is because Martin and Matilda Thompson are so clearly present welcoming everyone into their beautiful garden. Martin is also totally involved in the organisation of the events during the day.  We try to retain this unique atmosphere by keeping our old fashioned tent which it takes 10 people to erect! In this wonderful old tent teas and cakes are served at one end whilst draught beer, lager and wine are served at the other. We pride ourselves on serving proper cask conditioned beer in excellent condition at the correct temperature.

Martin has provided some notable people to open the Fete in the past.  He has a particularly famous person in mind this year – watch this space.

Weather permitting, we should have a wonderful fly-past as well as all the usual stalls and entertainment.  Parents, remember that there will be lots for the children to do all afternoon.

Entrance is FREE and we look forward to seeing you there.

From the Glenside News (March 2011) (added : 09/03/11 : MG)

An important date for your diary as or fete just gets better every year. We shall have the usual flypast of World War II aircraft and Annabelle Murcott will bring her pupils to give us a superb Tae Kwon Do display. There will be all the usual attractions with teas and real ales, loads of stalls and of course the unique and hilarious raft race. A full fete committee has met to start planning our traditional village fete complete with ancient canvas tent, which takes ten men to erect! We feel that the character of our old tent sets the tone for our traditional fete.

Do not miss this event, entry and parking is free and there are plenty of activities for all ages, the Mini Olympics keep the youngsters happy whilst the older visitors are sampling the teas or real ales.

Naturally we are always seeking new ideas and new committee members. If you feel you can help, please phone Susie Hill on 07974 705913. If I am unable to answer please leave a message.


Little Bytham Garden Fete (from Glenside News August 1995 : 18/12/11 : MG)

From Rev B J Bennett …

As Rector I would like to express my thanks to Martin and Matilda Thompson who once again allowed the annual Garden Fete to take place at the Old Rectory.  I would like to thanks Martin for running the Committee and everyone who served on the Committee.  I would also like to thank everyone who worked so hard on the day and those who supported.  It was a wonderful day and we had wonderful weather for it.  The Church, the village organisations who benefited from it, are most grateful I am sure.

Little Bytham Garden Fete (from Glenside News August 1995 : 18/12/11 : MG)

From Susie Hill …

What a wonderful day we had for this year’s Fete.  Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  The Fete Committee thanks everyone who worked so hard to make the day a success – with special thanks to those who coped so nobly with the teas and the parking!  Martin and Matilda Thompson not only allowed their garden to be used for the Fete, but also gave generously of their time and energy, not to mention finding the most interesting people to open the Fete.  Thank you.

By the time this is published we will have had a village meeting to discuss improvements and ideas for the future.  If you were not able to come, your ideas would still be welcome – even more welcome would be offers of help!  If you do not know how to contact a committee member, Helen Cheshire at Little Bytham Post Office will pass on a message.

The profits from this year, £2330, were distributed thus :-

St Medard’s Church … £1515
The Bythams School … £320
Children’s Christmas Party … £110
Village Hall … £180
Brownies … £110
Reserve kept for next year … £95

In connection with Little Bytham Fete, Vanda Richards asks us to thank everyone who helped with her Car Boot Sale, especially all who gave goods to sell, and Karen Bellairs who helped to man the stall.  They raised £73 for the Children’s Christmas Party.  Other fund-raising events for this cause will be very welcomed.

Little Bytham Garden Fete 1995 (from Glenside News June 1995 : 10/12/11 : MG)

The poster advertising the Little Bytham Garden Fete in 1995

Added : 09/03/11 : MG
Last Updated : 18/12/11 : MG

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