Fete has been kind to us
THE Wisley Action Group [WAG] has been presented with a cheque for £4,015 following this year’s Historic Ockham Fete at the cricket ground in June.
The fete raised £7,500, with Ockham Cricket Club and the local church among the other recipients.
The family fun day, featuring live music, dog and classic car shows, a hog roast, burger & bangers, beer & Pimms with a coconut shy, games, craft and business stalls, was considered a success, despite banners advertising the event being stolen in the run-up.
Meanwhile, new village signs were set up to remind people of the historical significance of the village.
Ockham Parish Council designed and produced the road signs to mark the boundaries of the village.
They feature famous people who have lived in Ockham, plus archaeological discoveries.
The signs were designed by Ockham resident Garry Walton who erected some of them with parish councillor Malcolm Aish.
Mr Walton said at the time: “Ockham is nationally significant. Many people who have lived here are nationally important figures.
“Ada Lovelace – daughter of Lord Byron who lived in Ockham – was the world’s first computer programmer. William of Ockham – the monk/philosopher who penned the Ockham’s Razor principle. Recently discovered Bronze Age archaeology in the village called the Ockham Hoard is currently being evaluated at the British Museum.
“Ockham gave refuge to two escaped slaves from America. It gave them work and baptised their two children at the 11th century All Saints Church in the village.
“To have such an amazing history in one tiny village is very rare.”
WAG committee member Jan Lofthouse accepts the cheque from Ockham Fete organiser David Scotland