Village’s first ever fete raises £2,000 for church

The first ever Adstock village fete held at the Old Rectory. Pictured, The Old Thatched Inn tug-of-war team are victorious against The Old Farmers PNL-140727-202814009

The first ever Adstock village fete held at the Old Rectory. Pictured, The Old Thatched Inn tug-of-war team are victorious against The Old Farmers PNL-140727-202814009

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A human fruit machine and laser pigeon shooting were among the outdoor pursuits providing entertainment at a village’s first ever big fete.

Residents and visitors to Adstock turned out in force on Sunday to help raise money for the restoration of St Cecilia Church. The day raised around £2,000.

The first ever Adstock village fete held at the Old Rectory. Pictured, the start of the decorated wheelbarrow race PNL-140727-202921009

The first ever Adstock village fete held at the Old Rectory. Pictured, the start of the decorated wheelbarrow race PNL-140727-202921009

Other activities on the day included a decorated wheelbarrow race, tug-of-war, wellie wanging, beat the goalie and splat the rat.

Afternoon teas kept thirsty and hungry visitors refreshed.

Simon Walker, who is on the organising committee said: “The atmosphere was fantastic. The objective was to raise money but to have fun doing it. We achieved it.

“We would like to thank all the sponsors for their contributions and a big thanks should go to Helen and Paul who allowed us to use the stunning Rectory site to hold the event.”

The first ever Adstock village fete held at the Old Rectory. Pictured, Glen Kavanagh, Ben Walker and Ele Brakels aka the human fruit machine PNL-140727-202953009

The first ever Adstock village fete held at the Old Rectory. Pictured, Glen Kavanagh, Ben Walker and Ele Brakels aka the human fruit machine PNL-140727-202953009

Four teams – The Old Thatched Inn, Adstock Farmers, Adstock Old Boys and Adstock Youth – competed in a four event contest which involved a tug-of-war, wellie wanging, laster clay pigeon shooting and beat the keeper.

The tug of war was won by The Old Thatched Inn team, but the overall result was a tie between The Old Thatched Inn and Adstock Youth .

The winners of the wheelbarrow race were Andrew and Aaron Askham. The best decorated wheelbarrow was won by the Randall family with Fete 1.

The village is currently trying to raise £50,000 to repair the medieval church roof, which has been affected by deathwatch beetle, and restore the stonework and tower.

The first ever Adstock village fete held at the Old Rectory. Pictured, Pete Hunjam with Lyla (5) and Louis (3) have a go at Splat the Rat PNL-140727-203026009

The first ever Adstock village fete held at the Old Rectory. Pictured, Pete Hunjam with Lyla (5) and Louis (3) have a go at Splat the Rat PNL-140727-203026009

So far, £20,000 has been raised for the fund.

 

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