The Thurlaston Fete

 

The Thurlaston Fete dates back many years; with local knowledge this is thought to be the 1950s. It is usually held on the first Saturday in July. 

Originally the Fete was based in Church Lane with numerous tables which residents brought along their goods to sell on the day.

In recent years the Fete has morphed into something much larger. Apart from being a family fun day, it also raises significant funds to support the Church and Village Hall. 

Each year the Fete has been given a theme such as Country Crafts, Queen’s 90th Birthday, Rugby through the Ages, The Great British Union Jack, Ye Olde English Midsummer. Residents are encouraged to create scarecrows to promote the theme, with a local judge appointed to decide the ‘best’ in village.

 


The larger Fete now takes up most of the southern end of Main Street with stalls along both sides. The stalls range from bric-a-brac, cakes, plants and produce, ice creams, tombola, books and CDs, hot dogs, and a water and wine raffle. A band plays during the afternoon with another one for evening entertainment. Along Church Lane are the teas in the Village Hall served by a group of women from the village with a delicious array of cakes. Further along the lane there are flowers in the Church with spectacular displays, and a prize for the best judged arrangement. The Thurlaston Ladies Club (TLC) have a stall with a different theme each year. TLC also serve strawberries and cream in the Church. On a sunny day there is a seating area outside the Church for traditional Pimms and wine.

Thurlaston Meadows Care Home allow the use of their walled garden which provides a lovely safe children’s area with lots of fun games, lucky dips and prizes.

Photos shown here were taken at the 2018 Fete.

The current Fete organiser is Sylvia Jacques. The Thurlaston community are always very grateful to Sylvia and numerous villagers who always magic up such memorable events.