Celebrating the Jubilee Year

The following article is taken from the August & September 2012 edition of Village Voice, reproduced by kind permission of the Editors:

Since the forecast for the Fête clearly indicated to most of the fête-going world that it would be a wash-out, there was a fear that all the stallholders would be twiddling their thumbs because no-one would turn up.  They bargained without Cuddington’s ability to manage the elements.  In fact the weather could hardly have been better: a soft gentle summer breeze, some cloud, a little blue sky and NO RAIN.  And fête-goers came in comforting numbers and Cuddington’s little village roads were full of people of all ages enjoying the fruits of all the hard work which the Fête Committee members and helpers had put into it.

The theme this year was (very properly) “Crowns”, so Cuddington looked like a convention of Kings and Queens.  There were some splendid crowns on the Upper Green to put visitors in an appropriately respectful frame of mind, and the streets were crowned with flags and bunting.

And what was going on below?  Many things to bring happiness to the loyal subjects milling about.  A raffle offered a champagne tea among other pleasurable experiences; at a wine tombola you could win… err… wine; should you so desire you could splat a rat, smash crockery, have a go at a giant human fruit machine with the help of a celebrity dancer, or gamble on the contents of a locked box.  The children of Cuddington and Dinton School gave delightful dancing displays, Tyringham Hall provided tea and a sit-down and Jessica painted your face.  There was plenty of food, ice-cream, and a lovely organ recital in the church by Jane Benson.  Local Italian chef Cici Coco looked after your pasta needs, and plant stalls dealt with your horticultural ones.  If you still had energy left there was always the bouncy castle.

The prize for the most realistic crown was won by Mary Pritchard, whose entry looked so realistic that several people thought that the Royal Family had established a branch in Cuddington.  Everyone agreed it was a most enjoyable Fête, and went home happy.

Then it rained.


Thanks to Chris Blumer, Sarah Dyckhoff, Elsie Frost and Chris Long for the photos in the banner above.