Kingsclere fete raises over £12,000 for St Mary’s Church
Kingsclere’s annual village fete took place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 28, and it raised more than £12,000 that will go towards the upkeep of St Mary’s Church.
The popular community event returned after a two-year break, and villagers young and old turned out in huge numbers to welcome it back.
Fete organiser Sara Hannan said: “It was a truly wonderful afternoon.
“With the generous sponsorship from Downer and a grant via the Greenham Trust, we have raised over £12,000 towards the running costs of our church building.
“Every penny will go to the upkeep of our beautiful church, which stands in the heart of the village.”
The event featured summer fete staples such as a dog show, tombola and barbecue.
A fire engine was present on the day, and there was live entertainment from The Polite Applause, West Berkshire Rock Choir and the Poppy and Allegra violin duo.
Kingsclere resident Mandy Loosley said: “We had a great time, and so did our eight guests who visited the village for this event.
“The coconut shy was fantastic, and competitiveness was in full swing for us all. It was brilliant.”
Miggie Marsh, of Swan Street, said: “Those girls on the violins were marvellous.”
Ken Cox, of Feilden Court, said: “I loved it, especially seeing all the people. First time I'd been out for ages.”