Fan­fare an­nounces start of rainy fete

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

A TRUM­PET solo rang through the soggy vil­lage street at Lit­tle Chart on Mon­day to an­nounce the ar­rival of Ash­ford’s new Mayor, Cllr Rita Hawes, to open the vil­lage fete. With hus­band John as es­cort on her first week­end of of­fi­cial en­gage­ments, she vis­ited and en­cour­aged each of the sod­den stalls on the flag-lined greens that con­tin­ued de­spite the weather in true com­mu­nity spirit. In the bid to raise funds for both the vil­lage hall and parish church the fete fea­tured stalls rang­ing from co­conut shies and bowl­ing games, trap-a-rat and lucky dip, and book and bot­tle stalls. Busi­ness was slow but the for­tune teller’s tent brought smiles with Mustapha Fagg promis­ing fine weather (in Africa). Art and crafts and records of bap­tisms and wed­dings were on dis­play in the church of St Mary opened in 1956 to re­place the one de­stroyed by a doo­dle­bug in July 1944. The bells res­cued from the rub­ble that dated from 1722 were re-cast for the new church and vis­i­tors were able to climb the church tower to view and hear them.

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Mustapha Phagg and as­sis­tant, Ed and Eleanor Boyle, take shel­ter on their for­tune telling stall

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Mayor of Ash­ford, Cllr Rita Hawes, opens the fete in the rain with trum­peter Roger Ely

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