Organisers of the annual Church Fete in Caversham Court have issued an open invitation to enjoy a great afternoon in beautiful surroundings on Saturday, July 12.
The bells of St Peter’s Church will ring from 1.45pm to announce that all is ready and the Revd Mike Smith, the new Rector of Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham, will officially open the Fete at 2pm.
A spokesperson for the churches of St Peter’s, Caversham and St Margaret’s, Mapledurham, who organise the fete, said: “We are at Caversham Court gardens again this year and are very pleased to welcome back the Berkshire Maestros, whose young musicians will entertain us with a fine selection of music.
“In addition, we are pleased to welcome back the Hurst Morris People, who are always very popular and encourage the younger members of the audience to come and have a go.
“We can guarantee you a wonderful afternoon exploring many side stalls or trying your skill at traditional sideshows. Why not buy a ticket for the Grand Draw? This year the top prizes include a Kindle Fire, a Barrett Photography portrait pack and four rounds of golf at Caversham Heath Golf Club plus many other great prizes.
“Amongst the many tempting stalls will feature old favourites such as Cakes, Plants and Bric-a-Brac, as well as newer ideas such as a jams and preserves stall. Try your luck at the Coconut Shy, Hoopla or even Hook a Duck.
“If, after all that activity, you feel in need of refreshment then we have homemade cakes, tea, coffee, and ice cream available on the lawn all afternoon and, new for this year, a Pimms tent near the river.
“We are pleased to announce that Fred in the Shed will also be joining us again to keep the little ones entertained with a fun show for all ages followed by children’s races.
“It all starts at 1.45pm with the ringing of St Peter’s bells and we hope you will have lots of fun while helping us to raise money to support our Parish’s work both at home and abroad.”
The programme of events
2.0 The Hurst Morris People
2.20 The Berkshire Maestros Arnold Band
2.35 The Wright School of Dance (street dancing)
2.55 More from the Berkshire Maestros
3.10 More from the Hurst Morris People
3.30 Fred in the Shed (children’s entertainer)
4.0 Children’s Races
4.30 Grand Draw