Saturday, 27th June dawned bright and clear, the marquees were up, bunting wafted gently in the breeze and Lime Tree Village grounds looked immaculate as always.
It was the day of our Annual Fete and everything was ready for the festivities to begin. Our busy maintenance team and an army of willing helpers had made sure that everything was well prepared in advance.
At 2pm residents began to arrive, accompanied by an army of friends and relations, to enjoy the proceedings. There were stalls and games, too numerous to mention, all manned by eager volunteers. The homemade cakes, baked by residents for the cake stall, were a sell-out as usual and Audrey Upton’s jewellery stall did brisk business, while the children particularly enjoyed ‘Splat the Rat’.
Money spent, everyone made a beeline for the cream teas that were served by residents throughout the afternoon. Later, having developed a thirst in the warm sunshine, many people visited the Pimms Bar, which proved very popular.
Exhausted and replete, the majority of visitors sat in the warm sunshine listening to “The Mixers”, a six piece band with vocalists who provided musical entertainment of a high standard throughout the afternoon. Semi-professional, we were lucky to secure their services thanks to John Hughes whose son is their keyboard player.
Later the prizes were presented and the afternoon was rounded off by a delicious BBQ served by our chef Andy Sage.
It really was an excellent day, thanks in no small part to the weather. BUT thanks are also due to all those residents who helped in no small way – Gina and Margaret who made so many cups of tea throughout the afternoon and especially Roy Rowley who washed the 100s of tea cups, the stall holders, games organisers and all those who contributed behind the scenes.
Finally thanks to all those who visited the fete, without their contribution and presence all the work would not have been worthwhile.
To complete a pleasant weekend, a Cheese and Wine evening was held the next day, Sunday.
Photos courtesy of Keith and John Hughes