Church Fete

The 2019 fete was held on Sunday, 11th August in the stunning gardens of Ager Point.

Worried organisers of the annual East Portlemouth Church Fete had spent days anxiously peering at the weather forecast and grimly shaking their heads. Dark clouds, dark clouds with rain drops, dark clouds with raindrops and lightning flashes; the symbols did not look good.

They needn’t have worried – Sunday 11th August might have started off wet and dreary, but come 2pm, when the fete opened, it was dry and the sun even made an appearance. As if to emphasise the good fortune, it started to drizzle shortly after 5pm, when the fete ended!

We are very grateful for the continued support of our Sponsors.

This year the fete took place in the beautiful gardens of Ager Point, with the children’s games being hotly contested on the beach below. All the fun of the traditional country fete was enjoyed by more than 400 people, with Punch and Judy, cream teas, stalls selling books, produce, bric-a-brac and cakes. A human fruit machine was popular, as was everyone’s favourite the tombola, while adult tastes were satisfied by a bottle raffle and a “Vitamin P” tent, selling Pimm’s and Prosecco. The raffle saw a local resident win the top prize of a weekend stay at Hotel Endsleigh and the auction of promises included a bid of £600 for use of a box at the Royal Albert Hall.

The fete made a net profit of £8,500, of which 25% will be shared between the Devon Air Ambulance, Children’s Hospice South West, the East Portlemouth Village Hall and the Kingsbridge Food Bank. The remainder will be used to maintain and run the ancient St Winwaloe’s Church in East Portlemouth.

The organisers would like to thank all of the generous sponsors of this year’s fete, everyone who worked so hard to make the event so much fun and so successful and, of course, all who came along to enjoy the fete and support such a worthwhile event.