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Fun and games at Mawgan Fete: PICTURES
9:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
After a damp start the afternoon proved dry and warm for Mawgan Church’s annual fete.
Once again the fete was organised by the churchwardens and bell ringers, who recruited a huge team of people to run stalls and games, and marshal a road closure.
The church bells rang out at the start of the event and there were bell ringing taster sessions available during the afternoon.
The fete was opened by Anne Shipman, who retired as headteacher of Garras Primary School at the end of last term. She praised the installation of new heating in the church, saying how it would benefit the school also as it holds various events in the church.
Then the fun began, with lots of games – old and new – including a quiz based on the registration year of the vintage Alvis on display, owned by Alan Cook.
There was guessing the number of balloons packed in a Mini, plus old favourites including tombola, marbles and hooking ducks from a paddling pool.
Chloe-Ann Roberts entertained twice with her singing and all children in fancy dress were given a prize. The ‘bowling for a chicken dinner’ competition, won by Kevin Roberts, was again the highest individual earner amongst the games.
The lucky streak for families staying at Glebe Hall Cottages, Mawgan continued this year with Jed from Bournemouth winning the basketball, scoring nine times out of ten while wearing union flag fancy dress.
The Rand family, that owns Glebe Hall, were also lucky, both in the closely fought cake decorating competition, won by Ali Rand with her birds nest cake, and in the egg race where son Alex was a joint winner.
The array of cakes and pastries on offer for tea in the Vyvyan Coach House were much appreciated and Nellie Sobey and her hard working team ensured an efficient service.
The climax to the afternoon was teddy bears (and other soft toys) parachuting from the church tower. Everyone gathered around the tower to watch the toys being launched from the top.
There was a huge variety of shapes and sizes of teddies and parachutes, which blew every which way in the stiff breeze, ending up on the roof, in gardens and around the churchyard.
All were safely rescued and returned to their owners, with this year’s winner being Macey.
A church spokesperson said: “All in all, a hugely successful afternoon making over £950 for the church funds. The church would like to thank the many people from Mawgan and beyond involved in organising, helping and donating to this event, who worked so hard both on the day and before to contribute to such a happy and enjoyable event, and the people who came and spent so generously to produce such a good result.
“Thanks also go to the many businesses in Helston and the surrounding villages who generously donated items as prizes.”
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