Midsummer, for as long as people can remember, even during the past two World Wars, there has been the Annual Church Fête. On the rare occasion when wet weather has prevailed or been forecasted, the Fête has been in the Briantspuddle Village Hall, but obviously on a much reduced scale. More frequently, the sun has shined and the Fête has been in a private garden in Briantspuddle or in the Peace Garden adjacent to the Church.
The Fete is normally on a Saturday afternoon from about 2.00 until 5.00pm and its purpose is twofold: to raise money for the Church without which it would not survive and to provide entertainment for local people, friends and visitors. The Vicar, or occasionally, a celebrity will declare the Fête open and then the fun starts. There is always a band to play in the background. There are always teas, sandwiches and cakes, and a separate cakes stall. Other stalls have varied over the years. There has been a bric-a-brac stall, a plant stall, a book stall, tombola, a raffle, skittles, and a coconut shy. Teas and cakes always make money, likewise bric-a-brac, raffle and tombola. Other stalls focus on entertainment and there is something for young and old.
A token entry fee is charged for adults, currently £1, and at the end of the day after the band, press and other expenses have been paid, church funds will hopefully be about £1000 healthier. It is key date in the calendar, an occasion for ladies to appear in their summer dresses and the community as a whole to meet and enjoy.
As we come out of lock down, the PCC are preparing for a 2022 Fête but have to give way to the Platinum Jubilee celebrations (2-5 June) which are being organised by a team in the village – watch this web site -. There will be festivities in each area of the parish on consecutive days of the Jubilee holiday, culminating in a service at 3pm on the Sunday 5th June in the Peace Garden at Affpuddle Church, followed by afternoon tea from 3:15 to 5 pm.
The PCC are looking to organise a traditional Fête in August.