Church Fete

Despite the lifting of the Covid regulations, it was not possible to organise a full fete in 2021. Instead, there was a Garden Party held at Thallasa with the kind permission of the Jephcott family.

Again, a beautiful sunny day welcomed all visitors. Entry was free and there was a wide range of traditional stalls. On the “front” lawn there were the Pimms Tent, tombola, “find the pirates”, books for sale, the cake stand, the bottle raffle, and the very popular skittles and human fruit machine.

Garden Party main stands

To one side of the house was the home-made lemonade and ice cream stall, while to the other, facing the water, was the barbecue.

Garden Party Barbecue

Beyond the barbecue on the “rear” lawn was a space to sit and watch the boating activity along with a range of children’s games including the popular ladder game.

The proceeds of the garden party will be in favour of St Winwaloe’s church which, like many enterprises, has suffered a significant drop in income due to the Covid closures.

Due to Covid, there was no Church Fete in 2020. 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!

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.