Twyford Parish Council’s village fete is in its seventh year and was held on Saturday 19th August. The event was opened by former Twyford Parish Councillor Roy Mantel, as Twyford’s very own VIP following 41 years of dedicated service to the Parish Council. After a short introduction, Roy handed over to Savage Skills, the UK’s leading freestyle mountain bike stunt team.
At the fete, Twyford Parish Council offered free children’s activities including a petting farm, Punch and Judy, circus skills workshops, hoverboards, zorbs, go karts and an inflatable assault course. Wokingham Borough Council’s My Journey team brought their ‘Dr Bike’ smoothie maker and supplied a bouncy castle for more free-of-charge fun. Many local organisations and businesses were represented and raised funds from the 50+ stalls.
Our Master of Ceremonies, Nick Fish, coordinated the tug of war and Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre managed the dog show in aid of their charity. There were over 40 Classic Cars in attendance and people voted for their favourite car. The Mercedes 280SL won both its class and gained the overall highest score and winning its class and coming in as runner up was the 1951 Ford V8 Pilot. The Classic Car show also saw a Mini pick-up van win its class as a small commercial vehicle and a Morris Minor Traveller rounded out the results as runner up in its class. Special thanks to Stanlake Park Wine Estate who provided prizes for our Classic Car show winners.
The band, Nevada, who were very popular, performed on the stage / trailer provided by local haulage company BDT Ltd.
Community Events and Engagement Committee Vice-Chairman, Malcolm Bray, commented
This year’s event was held in beautiful weather. There were many stalls and attractions which provided variety and interest to all those who attended. A very pleasant day for all.
It is estimated the event attracted numbers in excess of 1,000 and raised around £2000 for local charities (figure to be confirmed).
Martin Alder, Chairman to Twyford Parish Council and the Community Events and Engagement Committee commented
The 2023 village fete was a great Summer occasion. We were able to celebrate our diverse community and our local culture, with many participants and organisations present. On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank all of those in our community for supporting the fete. It was great to see both residents, visitors, as well as the stalls and activities hosted by various organisations here, enjoying the afternoon and the events, making it a day to be proud of. The range of events, music, food, and beverages all made this a unique Twyford Summer occasion. Firstly, I would like to thank all our Councillors, and Council staff members, for their continued support and dedication in organising and running this special community centred event. A very dedicated team works very hard over quite a long time to organise the event. It requires a range of skills and lots of work behind the scenes to make it happen and run smoothly. If you would like to be involved, please get in touch with our Deputy Clerk. Details on how are given below. Finally, and most importantly, I would like to thank you, the public. From those who came to run a stall, or event, to participate in an event, or just watch and enjoy what was going on. Without your presence and participation our day would have been far less enjoyable and fulfilling. I hope you enjoy the rest of the Summer and I look forward to seeing you all again in 2024.
The Community Events and Engagement Committee will be meeting next month to discuss plans for their next fete to be held on 17th August 2024. They would welcome additional help, and anyone interested should contact [email protected].