After a two year break Twyford Parish Council’s village fete returned bigger and better! In its sixth year the event, held on Saturday 20th August, was opened by two Olympians, rower Jacob Dawson and cox Henry Fieldman, both Olympic bronze medal holders at the Tokyo Olympics and now part of the GB rowing team for the 2024 Paris Olympics. After a short introduction, Jacob and Henry handed over to 3 x World Trials Champion Steve Colley, the ultimate showman, with his motorcycle stunt show.
At the fete, Twyford Parish Council offered free children’s activities including a petting farm, Punch and Judy, circus skills workshops, hoverboards, zorbs, 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.
Castle Royle coordinated the children’s races and 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 Crysler Phaeton took first place with the Fiat 500D and Mercades 280SE coming joint second. Many thanks to Stanlake Park Wine Estate who provided prizes for our Classic Car show winners.
The local Bullfrogs band, who were very popular, performed on the stage / trailer provided by local haulage company BDT Ltd.
Fete Committee Chairman, Malcolm Bray, commented ‘It was a beautiful day for the event. We had a mixture of new as well as regular attractions which provided a lot of fun for young and old. A very pleasant day for all.’
It is estimated the event attracted numbers in excess of 2,000 and raised over £2,000 for local charities (figure to be confirmed).
Rohana Abeywardana, Chairman to Twyford Parish Council commented ‘The 2022 village fête was a fantastic Summer occasion, celebrating diversity and local culture with participants and organisations. On behalf of the Council, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our local community, for supporting the fête. It was delightful to see both local residents, and visitors who travelled far and wide, participating with stalls and activities hosted by various organisations. Music, food and beverages all added a unique flavour to the Summer occasion. Finally, I would like to thank my fellow Councillors, and Council staff members, for their continued support and dedication in organising this special event. A dedicated team works very hard to organise logistics, behind the scenes. We look forward to welcoming you back in the Summer of 2023. Please do get in touch with our Clerk if you would like to be involved. Details will be readily available on the Twyford Parish Council website. May I wish you all a good remaining Summer. Thank you all!’.
The Council will be meeting next month to discuss plans for their next fete to be held on 19th August 2023. They would welcome additional help and anyone interested should contact [email protected]