Fete Wash-Up in the Breeze
Library picture used.
Another great fete, with the event strengthening year-on-year as the village grows and more community organisations become ever more deeply involved. While the scale and variety of the fete has massively grown since the first fete for the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012, the ethos and values have remained constant. We still balance the need to raise funds with making sure we price to allow all budgets to have a good time.
This year we have a fourth marquee added to our growing stock, allowing us to run ever-more professional events. This gives us more shade for any future hot summers and better shelter for the colder evenings such as bonfire night. We’ve also added a trolley to ease the backbreaking work of moving the growing list of stock around when we have our events, so it all balances out quite nicely.
The main point of a fete for us is bringing the community together for a fun time and helping to build relationships as we get together with neighbours and friends to share an afternoon. By this standard, we have to believe the fete this year was an outstanding success. As entry to the fete is free we don’t keep a count of the numbers in attendance. We do get feedback from stallholders and take our own visual check on numbers and it was clear that, in terms of numbers attending, the fete was our best yet.
The finances are important as we use any excess funds to buy more equipment for future events, help fund events which are by design a cost to the committee (such as the Easter Egg Hunt and the Post-Christmas Event), and set reserves in the event of a major event failure where we’ve had to make advance payments. If we ignore the purchase of the new marquee for the event, we made over £2,200 for future events. With the marquee this reduced to £1,300. However, the money that goes into the Social Committee funds is only a small part of the story. All of the groups participating raise money for their own organisations by running stalls and attractions. So the Scouts, Rotary, Hurricanes, School etc., get to use the fete as an opportunity to reinforce their profile in the village and raise funds for their own priorities. So I think it’s safe to say that the fete is also a great financial success.
Comment: Looks like the committee was somewhat disappointed with £1300. The village of Dry Doddington local to us, which is 1/4 of the size managed to turn over more than £4,300, so I can understand the committees disappointment.