In 2008 the village was honoured to have the Fête opened by her gracious majesty Queen Victoria, accompanied by Mr John Brown (a.k.a. Margaret Spurrell and Ken Tomes).

The introduction in the fête programme for that year read as follows:

“May we welcome you to an afternoon of entertainments and frivolities for one and all!

“We commence at the Lower Green, where the populace of the district may be seen in all their finery.

“Her Royal Highness Queen Victoria will not only grace us with her presence but has agreed to judge the costumes and elect the winners of our costume competition.  God save Her Majesty!

“The Parade will set off for the Bernard Hall, Her Majesty and her Faithfull Gillie John Brown leading the procession by pony and trap (the State Carriage being unfortunately unavailable).  God save Her Majesty!

“From the Balcony, our Dear Queen (God save her!) will declare the Fête of 2008 absolutely OPEN.”

Chimney sweeps, street urchins and ladies and gentlemen in their Victorian finery thronged the village streets while a terrific jazz band played.  The day raised proceeds of £4,662 for distribution to the village.

Thanks to Venetia Davies for the photos in the banner above.  If you have any further photos of the 2008 Fête, either digital photos or prints, please get in touch via the Contact Us page.  Thanks.