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Clayhidon Church Fete 2016

Fun in the sun as fete raises a record sum for church roof

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All photos by Clayhidon website and the Rev David Burton

Clayhidon Church Fete raised a record £1,200 towards the cost of repairing the roof of St Andrew’s in a triumph for organisers Nicola and Caroline Bendle and their team of helpers.
'The fete was thoroughly traditional and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there ... I managed to back both Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton in one of the duck races and they came joint winners, so I won on both. Not entirely certain that the Presidential election could have the same result...'
- Neil Parish MP
The Great Clayhidon Bake-Off produced a new champion – Alice Manfield, from Rosemary Lane. It was the first time she had entered a competition and she said the success of her Victoria sponge had given her the confidence to make her daughter Holly’s wedding cake next year.
Local MP Neil Parish opened the fete and enjoyed an hour in the sunshine chatting to people.
With dog and duck trainer Freddie Parker unable to attend for medical reasons husband Julian Day took up the challenge of putting on a show, and the duck racing proved highly entertaining. George Slabbert took over Freddie’s role as commentator.
Other events included a dog show, children’s sports, and a classic car

display, which attracted some beautiful old vehicles, including a 100 year old open-top Talbot CY, the only one of its kind in England.
Stalls offering burgers, hot dogs, and cream teas did a roaring trade. Other entertainment included skittles, splat the rat, a treasure hunt, raffle, guess the name ofa lion, plus bottle, book and card stalls.
Richard Kallaway, chairman of Clayhidon Parish Council, welcomed everyone and introduced Neil Parish: "He is a farmer like so many of us in Clayhidon and found the ultimate diversification in becoming an MP. He is a true countryman and has got our interests at heart.
Mr Parish said he was pleased to be at a real village fete. He was very interested in the duck racing and he would definitely try the skittles, recalling that as a Young Farmer in his misspent youth he had spent far too much time skittling.
Mr Kallaway had mentioned the rural broadband problem, and Mr Parish said he was working on the problem with more money available, the company Gigaclear hopefully interested and more competition from BT. He said he understood local frustration as his wife complained about
broadband speeds all the time.
Mr Parish asked those present to give generously as the Rector would be very happy to have the roof of the church fixed.
Nicola Bendle said afterwards she wanted to thank everyone who set up and took down the tents and equipment and especially Dominic Allers-Hankey and Adrian Hay for running the barbecue, Ruth Smith and helpers for running the tea tent, Julian  Day, Judith Ward, Sue Hay, George and Val Slabbert for running the arena events,  Nick King, Ollie Risdon and Jamie Blackmore for the skittles and everyone else who gave their time and effort.

 Class 1
1st  Alice Manfield
Joint 2nd - Daniel Trollope and Rachel Ridler
3rd  Erica Whitcombe

Class 2
1st Gemma Gilbert
2nd Julie Bullett
Joint 3rd Cindy Brophy and Julie Bullett

Class 3 
1st Erica Whitcombe
2nd Charlotte Bennett
Joint 3rd Bea Barnden and AniJoy Homung

Class 4 
1st Tristan Allers-Hankey
2nd AniJoy Homung
3rd Seb Langford

Class 5 
1st Stephen Bullett