THE Bishop’s fete in aid of the Salisbury-Sudan Medical Link has become an annual occasion in Salisbury.

And this year’s event will take place at the Bishop’s Garden at the South Canonry in the Cathedral Close on Sunday, June 15.

The money raised is added to contributions given by people across the Diocese to the Medical Link.

“It really is badly needed,” said Alison Pinkerton, a retired doctor from Salisbury, who has visited and worked in the newly independent nation of South Sudan over a number of years. “Two thirds of the medications supplied directly combat malaria which is the major cause of the appallingly high death rate of children.” One in every seven children dies in the African nation before they reach the age of five.

As well as helping save lives, the fête provides a great afternoon out for all the family in beautiful garden surroundings. There will be stalls selling bric-a-brac, books, CDs, plants, homemade cakes, ice cream and strawberries.

Children will be entertained by Ninetto the clown and Therese and Timujen the camels will be there to be admired. Rides will be on offer in a vintage open top Bentley, and music will be provided by the Amesbury Band and the choir of Leaden Hall School.

The fete will open at 1pm and runs until 4pm