It’s fete: village harks back to fair tradition

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For the first time in 20 years, Potten End’s traditional church fete of yesteryear will be revived this summer

Previously the village, which won the title of Hertfordshire’s Best Kept Village 2009, has held a bi-annual open garden day, but this idea had become less popular with locals in recent years.

The event, on June 29, is set to raise much-needed funds for the the village’s Holy Trinity church, which produces a newsletter free of charge for 800 houses in the village, as well as offering a free Messy Church activity for children once a week.

Proceeds will also be used to upgrade the kitchen in the Church Room, which is used by many community groups.

The Rev Penny Nash said: “The church felt it important to offer an event that all the community could be involved in whilst also raising some money for our church, which is known as the ‘church in the heart of the village’.”

Churchwarden Ann Charlton said: “So we stepped in and went back to the old-fashioned idea of a church fete.”

The day will begin at 11am, and will host traditional activities such as a bouncy castle, children’s games, a barbecue and live music in the evening. Visitors can also meet more unusual visitors in the form of alpacas.

The whole event will be taking on a pet theme, with a novelty dog show at £1.50 a class, plus a blessing for the pets at 4pm.

Raffle tickets are now on sale for a grand draw to take place on the day, with prizes including a seven-course meal at Ashridge House, and a spa experience at The Grove in Watford.

To buy tickets, call Ann Charlton on 01442 866569.

For more information, visit and click on Church Fete 2013.