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Staple Fitzpaine Church Fete 2017

On a glorious hot and sunny day today, we went to the Staple Fitzpaine church fete.  This village is approx. 3 miles from us and we often pass through it on the way to Taunton. The village fete was being held in the manor house,

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a lovely old house with a beautiful lake in the back garden.

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There were lots of stalls, the cake stall, the bottle tombola (Neil and I both won something), the coconut shy (Neil got a coconut first try), the book stall, skittles, bric a brac and ladies hats to name but a few, as well as the prerequisite burger stand and ice cream seller.

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The Wellington Silver Band were seated in the shade of a large tree and were playing when we went in.  It was lovely to hear them and we stopped a while in the shade.

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Later in the afternoon Punch and Judy were appearing and a dog show was taking place in the field, with afternoon tea being served in the walled garden.  How nice it would be to own a pile like that, and a wonderful setting for the Summer Church fete which is only held every 3 years.

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Buckland St Mary Summer Fete 2015

Saturday saw the annual Buckland St Mary Summer Fete take place.  We were so lucky as the sun shone and we have a glorious day for it.  Neil’s sister Carole came down to help on the book stall.  We raised £72.80 which isn’t bad when you think we were selling paper backs for 50p!

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There were lots of other stalls including a cake stall where I bought a delicious lemon drizzle cake.

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The afternoon tea and cakes proved very popular.

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Over £1200 were raised altogether which goes towards funding our youth worker.

The summer Fete was a great social occasion in the village, a good time to meet up with friends and neighbours and have a chat in the sunshine.

Next week it is the Duck racing so watch this space for news of that!!

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Buckland St Mary Fete 5th July 2014

Yesterday afternoon was the Buckland St Mary church fete in the grounds of Buckland House. Once again we were running the book stall.  We had so many donations of books we could hardly fit them in the car to take them down there, and we took 2 extra tables from home to display them on. This is me at the book stall.

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We did really well raising £80 which in these days of Kindles we reckon is very good.  Our key selling point was 5 paper back books for £2.00.  So if someone had 3 or 4 books, we would urge them to make it up to 5 to get a bargain.

The fete was well attended and the sun came out in the afternoon which always encourages people to attend.

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There were afternoon teas, a cake stall, a bottle tombola, a bric a brac stall, skittles, a plant stall and a stall with games like “The Cube” which proved popular, as well as other craft stalls.

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The fete is an annual event and the money raised goes to the church.  It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and friends from the local area.  The only problem was all the books left unsold which we had to take home and store in the garage.  We shall take them little by little to Ferne Animal Sanctuary shop so they can sell them and get the proceeds.

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Buckland St Mary Church Fete

Saturday was the Buckland St Mary church fete.  It was glorious sunshine and the fete was held in the ground of Buckland House in the open so we were really lucky with the weather.  Last year it poured with rain all day and we held the fete in the church.

I was on the book stall again, with Neil’s sister Carole who had come down for the weekend.

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It was a bit slow selling books, maybe because many people have a kindle these days, but we raised £47.50.  My friend Sandra was on the bottle tombola which is always popular.

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Our next door neighbour was one of the ladies on tea and cake which again always sell well.

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There was a cake stall, a jam stall, children’s tombola, bric-a-brac, jewellery, crafts, plants, cards and skittles. I won a plant in the raffle and Carole won a hamper. At 3 pm our Buckland Community choir did a few numbers.

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All in all we raised £1700 which is not bad for 2 hours in the afternoon.

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Buckland St Mary church fete July 2012

On Saturday it teemed with rain all day long.  What a day to be the  date of the Buckland St Mary church fete this year.  Luckily this was to be held inside the church instead of in the grounds of Buckland House as in previous years, so someone must have had some forethought to keep us dry.

Hubby and I were running the book stall.  It was a challenge setting up all the books we had across the pews, a bit difficult to display them to their best, but we had a go.

Neil and I with our book stall

We didn’t do  badly taking £65.00 inspite of the lower than usual turn out in the rain. Mind you we were selling paper backs at only 50p each so everyone who came along got a bargain.  Neil’s sister had come down to visit us and she not only brought us loads of books but also helped out on the stall.

Neil’s sister Carole at our book stall

There were quite a few other stalls, bottle tombola, bric a brac, jams and marmalade stall, plant stall, cake stall to name a few and afternoon tea and cake was also on offer.  So inspite of the weather we had a good time. Neil and I were left with quite a few books, so we took them down to the Ferne Animal Sanctuary charity shop in Chard on Monday morning, so they can sell them and make some money. We were the right people to ask to do the book stall and as both Neil and I love books and have several bookcases of them in our home.  We also offer our B&B guests to browse our books as they are on the landing outside the guest bedroom. If you want to see for yourself,visit us at www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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Jubilee celebrations part 1 – fete at Buckland House

 Today is the start of the jubilee weekend (60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II) and a whole host of different celebrations going on in the villages of Buckland St Mary and neighbouring Bishopswood.  At 12.30pm we went down to Buckland House and parked in the long grass for the fete in the grounds.

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It all started with a “bring and share lunch”.  We met some friends there, tucked into lunch and tea and sat and nattered.   The Rhododendrons were absolutely lovely in the grounds.

Rhododendrons in the grounds of Buckland House

There was an old Field Marshall 2 stroke diesel tractor there that Neil was entranced by.   It was about 60 years old and made quite a noise when it started up. Neil spent ages talking to the owner.

Old Field Marshall tractor

We wandered through the grounds to see what else was happening.  Our friends were running the skittles so Neil had a go.

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Later a jazz band started up.   

Jazz band at Buckland House

Then we wandered down and into the church at Buckland St Mary where they had an exhibition of all things to do with the royal family.

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Also on show were lots of old photos over the past 60 years, showing the village as it was through the years, various clubs and people.

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Then we made our way home to welcome our next B&B guests who are staying with us tonight.  More celebrations later on this evening.visit us at www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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Buckland St Mary church fete 9th July 2011

We found early on that one way of being accepted into a community was to volunteer.  So this was our second time at running a stall for the local church fete.  This time it was the book stall at the summer fete today.

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We had sorted out lots of books ourselves, novels we no longer wanted or duplicates we had bought at boot sales or other fetes.  Neil collected 4 trays of books from the lady who ran the book stall last year, and then someone left some in our garage, and another lady turned up at our house with 3 carrier bags full last night.  When we arrived at the stall there were another 4 boxes of books, so altogether we had plenty of stock to sell.

Neil selling some books 9th July 2011

We managed to take £78.50 so not a bad effort at all.  Next door to us was the bric a brac stall that took £120.  There was a plant stall, cake stall, jams stall, bottle tombola, on which Kathy won a bottle of Apricot Brandy, a raffle, skittles, coconut shy, other tombola and a couple of other stalls.  Also very popular were the tea and cakes.

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The weather held off for us, it was mostly dry and sunny, so all in all a good afternoon.

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