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GRAND Village Fête on Saturday 21 May 2016

What an event!  On Friday 20 May 2016 the Brimscombe & Thrupp Playing Field was transformed. Within hours there was a giant marquee, stalls erected by members of the Football Club, a bunting clad arena, toilets and fun fair rides installed.  On the following day, Saturday 21 May the GRAND Village Fete was in full swing albeit from a damp start.  After judging of the May Queen, a procession with a carnival theme from Thrupp School paraded around the field. Anne Martin (Stars in your Eyes) serenaded the spectators with Goldie Oldies in the Tea Tent; Brimscombe School Ballet, Christchurch School Country Dancing, LCS Cheerleaders, Ambitions Street Dance, Aziza – Belly Dancers - and Kingdom Family Dancers entertained the crowd including Punch & Judy, classic minis, ferret racing, Stroud District Council Neighbourhood Warden, the Gloucestershire Fire Service and many other attractions. The whole event was held together by compère – Rob Abbott – who kept the whole day together!!
There was a strong Christian presence – a Christian book shop and a stall, Kingdom Family Dancers and 3 of the judges were members of the clergy – Rev Mike Clarke (Bussage & Eastcombe), Rev Peter Francis (Brimscombe) and Rev Rosie Woodall (Bisley Benefice).  The bonus was over £6,000 was raised for the beneficiaries – Christchurch Chalford, Brimscombe, Thrupp Schools,  Thrupp Nursery, Jellybeans and the Football Club!

Next year’s Fête will be on Saturday 20 May 2017!

Should you wish to book a stall, please contact Karen Long on 01453 887553
Or send an email – info@grandvillagefete.co.uk

 

GRAND Village Fête Saturday 16 May 2015

What an event! On Friday 15 May the Brimscombe & Thrupp Playing Field was transformed. Within hours there was a giant marquee, stalls erected by member of the Football Club, a bunting clad arena, toilets and fun fair rides installed. On the following day, Saturday 16 May the GRAND Village Fete was in full swing. The ground was packed with stalls, pitches, classic cars and an arena of events, which for first time appeared to keep to the times on the programme. Anne Martin (Stars in your Eyes) serenaded the spectators with Vera Lynn songs; Brimscombe School Ballet, Five Valley Martial Arts, LCS Cheerleaders, Ambitions Street Dance, Aziza and Kingdom Family Dancers entertained the crowd including Punch & Judy, the Gloucestershire Fire Service and the many other attractions. The various competition winners were:- May Queen – Megan Marsh; Fancy Dress – Louie Morris; Knobbly Knees – Geoff Miles from Five Valley Minis; Juggling – Drew Short; Town Crying – Lincoln Green; Jam doughnut eating (The entrants to the jam doughnut eating competition had to be “filtered” as there were more competitors than there were doughnut) Joshua Francis; Dog with waggiest tail – Kizzy (owner) and Leila; 2nd Roy Pearce with Riba;3rd Tricia Prince with Chester; Dog with shiniest coat – Tricia with Chester, 2nd Steve with Shadow, Seb with Marron came 3rd; Dog with the most appealing eyes – Roy with Riba, Seb with Marron 2nd and Tricia with Chester 3rd. The cup cake competition was won by Nathan Cook; Alana Cook 2nd and Francesca Neale 3rd; the pennant competition – won by Francesca Neale; Louis Morris 2nd and 3rd was Cecile Monk. Louie Carr won the under 5’s race, Emily Brown came  2nd with James Brown 3rd; Kyran Hewett won under 7’s and Soni Maidment won the over 8’s.

There was a strong Christian presence – Salvation Army, a Christian book shop and a stall, Kingdom Family Dancers and 4 of the judges were members of the clergy – Rev Simon Topping (Methodist), Rev Martin Knight (Baptist), Rev Peter Francis and Rev Rosie Woodall. 

Over £5,000 was raised for the beneficiaries – Christchurch Chalford, Brimscombe, Thrupp Schools and the Football Club


GRAND Village Fête Saturday 17 May 2014 – 25th Anniversary

A fly past of 12 hot air balloons flew over the site as we were setting up – about 7:30am, and at 10:30am a steam train whistled at us! A grand start to The GRAND Village Fête – celebrating 25 years.

The event started with the judging of the May Queen. The judges – Rev Martin Knight, Cllr Dorcas Binns, Rev Rosie Woodall, Cllr Martin Whiteside, Lenny Hakansson and Rev Peter Francis, chose Amelia McAllister to have the honour of wearing the crown and sash, and leading the procession around the field. The Fête was opened by Neil Carmichael MP launching 100 balloons. Amelia was followed by Stroud Sea Cadets, fancy dress and Air Training Corps marching band. Aaron Mitchell (an alien) won the fancy dress competition – Aaron was third last year! The knobbliest knees belonged to Graham Russell (Chairman of Governors, Brimscombe School!); Eleanor Brook was the best juggler. Leela Holder was the best Town Crier. There was no shortage of competitors for the Jam Doughnut Eating Competition! The 20 doughnuts supplied by Walkers Bakery of Stroud and Nailsworth, were munched without any lip licking by Emily Brook (1st), 2nd Joshuqa Francis and 3rd Eleanor Brook. The event was inundated with participants in the Beautiful Baby competition! Although Emmie Freeman won, the judges agreed that all the babies were beautiful. The Argos Catalogues were ripped to shreds by Keith Good, 2nd Nellie Harris & 3rd Emily Good. The day was very full in fact the fête ran over time! The public were entertained by Kingdom Family Dancers, Alison Holding's – Just Dance and Sh'Bam, Stroud Air Training Corps, Monty's Allsorts Dog Training Team, Punch & Judy, Frampton Silver Band and Ambitions Street Dance – they must enter Britain's got Talent – Tom Elliott (escapologist) who performed his straight jacket routine and the star was James Cracknell OBE. He signed autographs and instructed children on how to row – ready for 2020 Olympics! !
All these events had packed audiences. The ice cream van did a brisk trade.

The organisers would like to thank the sponsors, without them the Fête would not have been possible; donated raffle prizes and auction items, the man power (Brimscombe & Thrupp Football Club) in erecting stalls and the arena, signs etc and taking them all down; and most of all the people who attended the Fête. The event raised over £7,000 of which £5,700 will be split between the beneficiaries, The Brimscombe and Thrupp Football Club, Friends of Thrupp School, Thrupp Nursery, Friends of Brimscombe School and Christchurch Chalford School.


GRAND Village Fête - Saturday 18 May 2013

The event started with the judging of the May Queen. The judges – Rev Martin Knight, Cllr Dorcas Binns, and Rev Peter Francis, chose Eloise Long to have the honour of wearing the crown and sash, and leading the procession around the field. The Fête was opened by launching 100 lime green balloons. The runners up were Ava Meredith, Alice Riddiford and Scarlett Sykes. Duncan Evans was compère for the day. Eloise was followed by Brimscombe School with their uni-cylces and the Stroud Sea Cadets and Stroud Valleys Beaver Scouts. Paul Short (a pirate) won the fancy dress; Strongman – William Adamson came 2nd and Aaran Mitchell was 3rd. The knobbliest knees belonged to Philip Flight, Philip Watson (2nd) Rob Sargent (3rd!) Jess Rudge was the best juggler closely followed by Alex Holmes 2nd and Isabella Collins 3rd. Neil Sykes was the best Town Crier, Willow Mitchell 2nd and Joshua Francis 3rd. There was no shortage of competitors for the Jam Doughnut Eating Competition! The 12 doughnuts supplied by Walkers Bakery of Stroud and Nailsworth, were munched without any lip licking by Jasmine Berry (1st), 2nd Ben Jessop and 3rd Alex Adams. The event was inundated with participants in the Beautiful Baby competition! Although Charlie Phelps won, the judges agreed that all the babies were beautiful and deserved to win, 2nd was Sidney Gardiner and Holly Roberts 3rd. The Argos Catalogues were ripped to shreds by Jeff Holmes, 2nd Russell Halliwell & 3rd Jacob 0'Shaugnessy. The day was very full in fact the fête ran over time! The public were entertained by Happenstance Border Morris, Alison Holding's – Just Dance and Sh'Bam, Stroud Sea Cadets, Monty's Allsorts Dog Training Team, Punch & Judy and Ambitions Street Dance - they must enter Britain's got Talent!
All these events had packed audiences. The sausages and burgers ran out, but thankfully more were purchased to satisfy the crowds. The ice cream van did a brisk trade.

The organisers would like to thank the sponsors, without them the Fête would not have been possible; donated raffle prizes and auction items, the man power (Brimscombe & Thrupp Football Club) in erecting stalls and the arena, signs etc and taking them all down; and most of all the people who attended the Fête. The event raised over £4,000 which is to be split between the beneficiaries. The Brimscombe and Thrupp Football Club, Friends of Thrupp School, Thrupp Nursery and Friends of Brimscombe School

Although the long range weather cast was – cold, windy and wet – the weather was absolutely perfect. No rain, no wind and just about the right temperature.
The Fête committee is now planning next year's (Saturday 17 May 2014)

 

GRAND Village Fête - Saturday 26 May 2012

The 23rd annual fête in Thrupp near Stroud, Gloucestershire on 26th May 2012. A short film with interviews and some of the highlights including the Civil War reenactment. http://stroudcommunity.tv/thrupp-grand-village-fete-2012/

 

 

Programme of Events 2016

To see the organised events for last years fête, download the 2016 Programme below:


Download Programme of Events 2016

Silent Auction 2016

The catalogue for last year can be downloaded below:


Silent Auction Catalogue 2016