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Church Fete

We have an annual fete in August. This is an afternoon of fun, during which funds are raised for the Church, Village Hall and a number of charities.

There are traditional games for adults and children including a Magician or Punch and Judy, Bouncy Castle, Coconut Shy, Hoopla and Lucky Dip and stalls selling home-made cakes and produce, paintings, books and toys. And of course, Cream teas and Pimms. The Auction of Promises is always a big draw.

We are very grateful for the continued support of our Sponsors.

In 2016, the fete was held on Thursday August 14th in the idyllic gardens of The Old Rectory.  The weather mirrored the beautiful surroundings, providing unbroken sunshine throughout the afternoon.
The event was very well attended, with more than 500 visitors enjoying traditional stalls including a tombola, cakes, produce, books, coconut shy and many more.  Refreshments were available, with the cream teas, ice cream and Pimm’s tents busy all afternoon.  Also on hand were a vintage Bentley, with the opportunity to have your photo taken in the driver’s seat, and a gleaming Salcombe Yawl. 

One particularly fiendish competition invited fete goers to guess how many rivets are needed to build a Yawl.

The Auction of Promises is always a highlight of the fete, and proved so again this year.  Auction lots included tickets to a box at The Royal Albert Hall, a two night bed and breakfast stay at The Old Rectory, local shellfish and a tour in the aforementioned Bentley.

Children were very well catered for, too, with a great variety of games and entertainments. Unfortunately, the planned Punch and Judy show had to be cancelled at the last minute because of illness, but a magician named Mark travelled all the way from Aldershot at a moment’s notice to keep children and adults alike enthralled all afternoon.

Nearly £10,000 was raised, which will go towards the maintenance of St Winwaloe’s Church and to Devon Air Ambulance, Children’s Hospice SW, East Portlemouth Village Hall and First Responders.  The organisers are extremely grateful to the many businesses and individuals who sponsored the fete, as well as to everyone who worked so hard to organise and run such a fun and successful day.


By the way, the curious might like to know that it takes 1712 rivets to make a Salcombe Yawl.