Village Voice by Rosie Warrilow – 18th July

What an amazingly busy weekend for A.G with two major events taking place.

On Friday evening though,the Fete Committee plus helpers met on the Rectory Gardens to assemble the gazebo’s and tents for the Fete. Just a big thank you for all the hard work to all the people who turned out and helped, you were amazing, clearly the most help given in a long time, well done to everyone. The Fete took place on Saturday afternoon; the weather was cloudy but warm and the rain did manage to hold off until the very end of the afternoon, which was great. The many stalls were well attended and kept busy all afternoon: the choice of goods on display was wonderful, from bric a brac to White Elephant, and from books to sparkly jewellery, everything looked wonderful. Miss Eleanor Fish and her friends provided two ponies for the pony rides, and many excited young riders enjoyed the experience of riding around the field. The ever popular children’s entertainer Emazdad was very busy all afternoon making balloon animals and playing games with his young fans. The bouncy castle was as popular as eve,r and yours truly was on the coconut shy, which was great fun and I did witness some quite competitive behaviour between the older folk, mmm……   The barbecue was manned at short notice by Colin so thank you for stepping in due to Roger being ill. Over £2,500 was raised for Church funds.

In Church this week we welcomed Rev. Ken Bromage to lead the communion service. At the start of the service a minutes silence was held for local teenager Alex Paguero, then special prayers were said for Alex and his family.

The Football Festival was held on Sunday afternoon in beautiful bright sunshine, and twelve 5-a-side teams pitted against each other in some quite thrilling battles! The team names were quite interesting too, with A.G Milan, Hairy Monkeys and Chantry Champions being just a few. The Fisherman’s Rest team put up a brave fight but went down with pride intact. Libby Hutchinson put up a great performance in goal as did Ian Redstone and they all looked as though they had a great time.This was a truly wonderful sporting day, and a thrilling penalty shoot-out decided the semi-final between Hairy Monkeys and Chantry Champions with the Monkeys winning out in the end.  All looked good for them, and they met Fully Charged in the final. The game was exciting and fast moving, but in the end the Fully Charged team won 2-0. There were many brilliant performances during the afternoon, and young Alex was voted best young player. A feature of the afternoon was the excellent commentary given by some young and some not so young folk  – a splendid excuse to have a good hearted go at any poor unfortunate player; thankfully there were no serious injuries to players or pride as the day progressed! A great day for A.G and many thanks to Jim and his team for organising this event which proved far more entertaining than the ‘real’ thing!.