Thorp Arch fete

Thorp Arch village church threw open its doors for the annual fete.

About 300 visitors flocked to the event, which was a joint effort by the Village Society, the YCA and the church, and helped raise nearly £1,000 for charity.

22nd June 2013.  Thorp Arch village fete. Pictured Five-year-old Finn Melber tries his luck on the coconut shy.

22nd June 2013. Thorp Arch village fete. Pictured Five-year-old Finn Melber tries his luck on the coconut shy.

“It was great to see the church used in this way, as the centre of a village event,” said church warden David Spurr.

“The weather was against us this time but we hope it will be an annual event.”

Proceeds of the event will benefit the church, the YCA, and the Village Society.

Tea and cakes (served in the marquee) and plant sales were organised by the church – and a track day in a Lotus was raffled.

The Village Society had a tombola, a cupcake decorating contest for youngsters as well as a bird box painting stall.

A display of local talent inside the church, with paintings and other artwork, quilts and embroidery, was hosted by the YCA, with several stalls of local artists/artisans.

The Scouts were in charge of a coconut shy, and the Tennis Club had a cake stand as well as tennis coaching for children at the nearby courts.

Face painting was also available.

The local Book Club organised a “literary treasure hunt” with book titles as clues and a free book for each participant.