Sun shines on Wetherby’s St James’ Fete


THE weather turned out to be perfect weather for the St James’s Church Fete - with visitors bathed in sunshine.

The theme for the day was the Royal Wedding, and the church bells were rung during the Fete by visiting campanologists from Rochdale.

Melissa Jones was this years Fete Princess and she was proudly escorted on the arm of her handsome and very proud Prince, Connor Mulhalls.

Melissa’s Attendant was Olivia Hawksworth, both looking beautiful in their pale pink dresses. They were all very excited as they were paraded around Wetherby in the open-topped Audi loaned straight from the showroom.

Melissa was crowned Fete Princess by Wetherby Mayor, Cindy Bentley, whothen said a few words of welcome before formally opening proceedings. A £50 donation was made to Cindy on behalf of St James Church and, at her request, this will be split equally between two of her nominated charities.

Entertainment was provided by Uncle Mal, our “resident” magician; Jamboree Puppet Power; and also a varied repertoire of music by St James Gospel Choir.

“If only Simon Cowell knew of the musical talent at St James, with the Gospel Choir, the Music Group, the newly-formed Little Voices, and not forgetting the Church Choir!” said organisers Jon and Jan Cooper.

“We are very fortunate at St James to have such a range of music to suit all tastes – long may it continue. Paul Nicholas School of Acting also gave a short display of the work of their talented young students.”This year there were 31 stalls covering a wide range of local charities and organizations as well as church groups and all reported a good steady flow of trade.

The ladies had another busy day serving coffees, teas, cakes and sandwiches and outside Mark Gaunt was busy looking after the barbecue, whilst Andy Gott managed the Beer tent - a 72 pint barrel of Daleside Bitter was kindly donated via The Muse.

Special thanks were paid by the organisers to to Mark and Andy, and all their helpers, as they returned in the evening with more food and drink for the evening barbecue.

The programme was held together and kept on time by our Master of Ceremonies, Jonathan Couchman, who showed calmness at all times, even under sometimes unforeseen circumstances.

“Our thanks go to the many helpers behind the scenes in the run up to the Fete, as well as those who helped on the day and cleared up afterwards,” the organisers added.

“Also to Debbie in the office for the photocopying and the many ‘begging’ letters which brought in valued donations from many local businesses.”

The £100 first prize in the Grand Raffle was won by the Hughes family from Barleyfields Terrace who donated £50 to St Georges Crypt .

Graham Hawkins, Treasurer on the day, reports that he has been able to bank nearly £1,800 into St James Church funds

“Thank you to everyone who visited the Fete and helped to make it, once again, a really enjoyable community event.” organisers said.