Monday, May 29 marks the 71st annual Brook Village Fete, (sponsored by local independent boarding and day school King Edward’s Witley); one of the most popular and longest-running village festivals in southern England.
This year, the event will be officially opened by Jane Vlach, Vicar of All Saints Church in Witley on Bank Holiday Monday, at 1pm, on the picturesque village green opposite the Dog and Pheasant Pub. In keeping with the spirit of this time- honoured and renowned local tradition, the emphasis remains on good old-fashioned family entertainment with a broad choice of attractions, designed to provide something of interest for everyone.
This represents the third year that the event is sponsored by King Edward’s Witley, whose pupils and staff play an active role in publicising the fete, as well as providing some much-needed man power on the day itself. The 71st village fete looks set to deliver yet another fun-packed day out, offering a host of activities and games for children of all ages, in addition to a large number of stalls showcasing a variety of produce. The legendary dog show which always attracts an eclectic assortment of entries is destined to be a crowd- puller, along with the various fairground rides, shooting gallery, hook-a-duck, bash-the-rat, face painting, lucky dip, plate smashing and coconut shy on offer.
The competitive spirit will no doubt be very much in evidence, from the closely-fought children’s races to the tug-of-war competition featuring teams from local firemen, local villagers and the Brook Cricket Club.
Vintage car enthusiasts will be in their element, admiring the display of super classy and ultra-stylish classic cars and Godalming’s very own dance troupe – the Fleur de Lys Morris Dancers – will be on hand to demonstrate some traditional folk dance moves.
Other attractions include the plant stall, jewellery stalls, crafts, ladies clothing, bags and scarves. Inside Pirrie Hall there will be the usual huge selection of bric-a-brac for the bargain hunter, as well as many hundreds of second-hand books, children’s toys and games. Donations for these and for the tombola can be made beforehand and over the bank holiday weekend by phoning the Fete Organiser on 01428 288835 or emailing email@example.com.
No-one attending the fete is likely to go hungry, as there is a tempting array of culinary treats to choose from, including the mouth-watering barbecue, tea tent, homemade cakes stall and Pimms Tent, together with stalls selling sweets, popcorn, ice-cream and candyfloss. Visitors will also be encouraged to try their luck at the tombola, while the Grand Draw Raffle will see winners take home a fabulous range of prizes.
Fete organisers are appealing to local residents for their support, as all the money raised is vital to the maintenance of Pirrie Hall and its grounds, which host the well-known cricket club, tennis club, nursery school, children’s playground and other highly valued local community clubs and activities. Pirrie Hall is a registered charity that receives no outside funding.