Fanfare announces start of rainy fete
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.
Mustapha Phagg and assistant, Ed and Eleanor Boyle, take shelter on their fortune telling stall
Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Rita Hawes, opens the fete in the rain with trumpeter Roger Ely