Despite unpredictable weather, the Whiteparish bands night and village fete was a success attended and enjoyed by many in the village.

Scarecrows popped up around the village throughout the preceding week with groups of people, armed with maps, tracking the scarecrows down and casting their votes. The scarecrow receiving the most votes was ‘Abandon Ship’.

On Friday, June 14 a variety of local singers and bands took to the stage before the headline act, The Treblemakers. Attendees enjoyed the music on show, all while making the most of the hog roast, BBQ and bar also on offer.

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The sun shone on Saturday morning, June 15 but as the afternoon progressed a few very heavy showers interrupted the fun. Children from the school arrived on the Memorial Ground in a trailer they had decorated.

Your friendly neighbourhood scarecrow!Your friendly neighbourhood scarecrow! (Image: Whiteparish Fete Committee)

The RNLI, celebrating its 200th anniversary, officially opened the Fete at 1pm. There was a wonderful community spirit on show with visiting stall holders, and local groups including the Church Toddler Group, WI, 100 Club and Gardening Club.

A spokesperson for the event said: "We were encouraged to test our skills by the PTA, assisted by school parents and staff, in various competitions including old favourites such as ‘Splat the Rat’ and ‘Hook the Duck’. 

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"Eagles class also offered hair braiding and temporary tatoos.  In addition to all this there were also amazing prizes to be won in the Grand draw and delicious cakes to enjoy in the Tea Rooms or burgers as the BBQ.

"The school ukelele band performed as did the school choir and the Lockerley Silver Band entertained us throughout the afternoon."

In the Church, there was an Art Exhibition, organised by artist Sue Taylor, and featuring the work of a group of local artists. The school also exhibited work by the pupils inspired by the ‘Plight of Refugees’.  In addition, the Flower Guild displayed a series of beautiful arrangements celebrating the 200th anniversary of the RNLI.

The spokesperson added: "Our thanks go to all who supported the events and made them into such wonderful community occasions."