Traditional Village Fête: Don’t forget that this Saturday, August 30th, there’s a lot of festive fun lined up for the whole family, to round off the holidays! The traditional and much-loved Whatlington Village Fête will commence at 1.30 pm in the field next to the Village Hall Car Park; please park carefully and as directed as the car park itself will fill up quickly. For your refreshment, there will be a barbecue offering burgers and hot dogs; a bar serving beer, lager and soft drinks; and delicious teas provided by the Church (see below) which will also be selling cakes and other items. A large selection of games for both children and adults will be available, such as Hoopla, Splat the Rat, a Coconut Shy, a Plate Smashing stall, Guess the Name of the Teddy, Find the Magic Key (which unlocks a bottle of Champagne: or a more suitable gift if a child wins!), a Bottle Bola and a Treasure Map, plus several more. Then there are also stalls selling Books and CDs, Bric-à-Brac, Plants and Produce, Savoury items such as quiches, tarts and cheese scones; and one for all things magical, for any student Witches or Wizards. Don’t forget the ever-popular Tractor Rides and Pony Rides, not to mention a display of Vintage Cars! Finally, there will be a game of Stool Ball - one for the children, and one for adults - kicking off around 3.00 and 4.00 pm respectively. As I write, the weather forecast looks much brighter than the Bank Holiday (admittedly, it could hardly be worse) so do come along, bringing family and friends, and join the fun!

Church News: Jeffrey Bridges writes: Whatlington church will be providing refreshments for the village Fete on Saturday 30th. We shall also have a cake stall and would welcome donations of home made cakes, which are sold towards church funds. Please contact Valerie Bishop or one of the churchwardens (772535) if you are able to help with cakes. Next Sunday the church service will be at the usual time of 09.30am.

The Royal Oak: A reminder from Maria that this Sunday, August 31st, sees the annual Whatlington Boules Championship at The Royal Oak, which will kick off at 2.00 pm and continue until late. Players of any ability are very welcome to take part, and of course spectators of all ages are also most welcome! Do come along and try your hand if you’ve never had a go before; and if you are a more experienced player, come and show us all how it is done! There will also be a Barbecue on the same day in the Beer Garden, from 1.00 to 4.00 pm, for £5 a head.

Patricia Begg

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