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Summer Fete 2022

Saturday 2 July 2022

Thank you to everyone who made St Matthew’s 2022 Church Summer Fete a record-breaking success.

We made nearly £4,000 profit - remarkable as Britain is in the grip of a cost-of-living crisis and most people no longer carry loose change. But best of all was the community spirit and family fun we created. It was much needed after the misery of Covid lockdowns. It was a fun-filled afternoon with lots of games, competitions, face painting, bouncy castles and many more attractions to keep everyone smiling.

From the 1pm start, people queued to get in. The ever-jovial Bryan Wallis, with his 'Grumpy Geezer' badge and orange bucket, took over £340 in donations on the gate – extraordinary when you consider entry was FREE!

This year we had the added bonus of a model railway show by the Northampton & District Model Railway Club, a special stall by Martin and Lindsey Stone displaying the stories of Kingsley’s Fallen WW1 and WW2 Heroes, a busy plant stall, and candy floss galore. Northamptonshire Police Community Officers came with their patrol car and a real fire engine and its entire crew turned up and proved massively popular.

An extra attraction for the kids this summer was a fun Noah’s Ark trail inside the church. Children were invited in to find animated animals hidden throughout the building. Everyone left with sweetie rewards and sticker badges.

In all, a record 150 people - mostly from Kingsley - came into the church itself. They also enjoyed two organ recitals by Philip Bricher during the three-hour bonanza. None of this would have been possible without your help, energy and generosity - particularly in setting up and manning stalls and to everyone who helped deliver the Church Fete flyers.

Thank you to all those who gave towards our raffle. The prizes were spectacular. Mandy, Mark and the marvellous Café Guides did a brilliant job with their Vintage Tea Room. Seymour and Girlie’s gleaming new barbecue proved a big hit. They sold out of food for the first time ever. Jonathan and Anita did an incredible amount of work behind the scenes on the run-up to the Fete and on the day itself. Their efforts went way beyond the call of duty. Nigel and Thelma Woolliscroft, who did so much to revolutionise St Matthew’s fetes in recent years, helped enormously in the planning stages for this year’s event. It was tragic that Nigel was taken from us just a couple of weeks before the big day. He’d have loved it. We think we did him proud.

PS: Fr Nicholas managed to dodge the wet-sponge stocks this time. He may not be so lucky next time...

Please find below a selection of photos.

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