Return of Hurst Green Fete

The Tardis leading the way at the 2005 Hurst Green Fete.
The Tardis leading the way at the 2005 Hurst Green Fete.
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A village fete is to be resurrected this weekend, after an absence of four years.

Hurst Green Village Fete has also become a “May Day” celebration and will be held this bank holiday Monday, May 4, with a full programme of events, parade and queen, as well as maypole dancing for the first time.

Organisers are hoping the sun will shine and there will be a good turnout for the fete, which was always traditionally held in July and was temporarily suspended in 2011 after 30 years, when organisers felt they needed a break.

But thanks to the enthusiasm of a group of mums, it is now back on the village calendar.

Resident Billy Magahey has made a maypole and children from St Joseph’s Primary School are being trained to dance around it by village mum Charlotte Dilworth.

May Queen is to be Rebecca Hayhurst.

There are competitions for adults including jam, chutney and a photograph of village life and for children; decorated cup cakes, a vegetable person and a junk model - to be displayed throughout the day in the memorial hall - and a pet show - just take along your favourite animal - which takes place at 10.30am.

The afternoon’s events get underway from approximately 1pm, with the parade from St Peter’s Club after the officical opening by resident Mary Bailey.

Besides maypole dancing and the crowning ceremony, there will be races, stalls and refreshments, and everyone is encouraged to take a picnic.