The Thurlaston Fete - its history and photos taken at the 2018 show.
Post pandemic the Fete has taken a more modest format.  Scroll down to take a look at the 2022 & 2023 fete.

The Thurlaston community is very grateful to Sylvia Jacques, the current fete organiser, and her village team who always magic up such memorable events.

 

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.

The following montage records the 2022 Fete.

 

 

Since the pandemic the Thurlaston village has held a smaller fete which is not advertised widely -  this recognises that Covid is still in circulation.  

Despite the atrocious 2022 weather the fete was well attended by local residents and friends.  

The fete was opened by our yearly elected Squire, who passed his chain of office to the new Squire of Thurlaston - a tradition which goes back many years.  The  Thurlaston Squire is a local resident who has contributed to the community in many ways.

Proceeds from the fete go towards maintaining the village hall and St Edmunds church.

Looks like being the Squire can be a soggy job!

 

 

The theme of the 2022 fete was the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and residents were asked to make and wear crowns. The best crown was judged by the outgoing Squire.

There were numerous stalls - selling books, bric a brac, fancy goods, plants, homemade cakes and children's toys.

Gamblers could partake in the tombola, raffle, and the 'wine or water' bottle draw. 

Don't we look gorgeous!

It's time for a lovely cuppa!


   Pimms - must be 5 o'clock somewhere!                                   Off with the spoils!

Another happy gambler!

The following montage records the 2023 Fete

2023 attracted a high number of visitors and stall holders, check out the pictures from the 2023 Fete below






Plenty of home-made honey  


Large selections of books!  

Into the Village Hall for Tea & Coffee and Cakes! 






A Fete not just full of humans and treats for our fury friends


Doggie delicious treats 






Entertainment & Hot Food





Did you win? Lots of prizes!  


Fantastic Portraits!