Fete has been kind to us

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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

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