Snitterfield Village Fete took over from the Snitterfield School Fete in 2007 and is run by a fete committee made up of enthusiastic individuals and representatives from village groups such as Snitterfield Primary School, Snipe Magazine, WI, Church and SACC. We are a friendly bunch who would welcome and love to see new faces to help get this show on the road! Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved.
We always have a theme for the Fete: most recently “A DAY AT THE SEASIDE” which offered a beach for the little ones, a fantastic Brass band and ‘Under the Sea’ dance performances. Before that, “FLOWER POWER” which celebrated peace, love and happiness to mark 100 years since the end of the Great War; the year before we embraced “BACK TO THE FUTURE” for a retro/future bit of fun and, prior to that, we have held “CARNIVAL” to coincide with the Olympics in Rio, “ANIMAL CRACKERS” (2015) and “WARTIME MEMORIES” (2014) to commemorate the beginning of the Great War and 70th Anniversary of D-Day Landings as well as “WILD WEST” and “PIRATES”.
Part country fair, part sale of home-grown and locally made produce, part a celebration of a village community, Snitterfield Village fête offers something for everyone and over the last few years, has grown in size and reputation. It provides a friendly and fun forum for local groups and individuals to run a stall and showcase their wares to approximately 1200 fete visitors.
Every stall at the Fete, whether it be a business, a charity or a local group, keeps its takings. Profits from the Fete, which are raised from the programme advertising, commercial stall and gate entrance fees, and the raffle, are put towards local causes.
Proceeds from the 2019 Fete were allocated to a number of local groups who applied for funding. Specifically, the distributed funds contributed towards: new bells for Snitterfield’s St. James the Church; a Forest School shelter at Snitterfield Primary School; materials for the village’s wildflower verge pilot project and Snitterfield Actioning Climate Change (SACC)’s water-to- allotment project; and allocated funds paid for a new outdoor storytelling chair for Snitterfield Nursery, paint for the decoration of the Village Hall and half the printing costs of the village newsletter, SNIPE. In 2018, we funded ‘Early Years’ P.E. equipment for Snitterfield Primary School, a water pump station and channelling system for Snitterfield Nursery’s sensory garden, a changing table and mirrors for the new toilets in the Village Hall and a new carpet and toy storage unit for St James the Great Church. Contributions were also made to part- fund the cost of an automatic bowls green watering system for Snitterfield Bowling Club and to jumpstart the process of getting water to the village allotments, coordinated by the Snitterfield Actioning Climate Change (SACC) group. The Parish Council, championed by Snitterfield @Play, were granted funds towards the cost of new park equipment and our village magazine, SNIPE, which is jointly funded by fete proceeds and the Parish Council received their contribution.
Profit from the 2017 Fete went towards a new noticeboard on Church Road, room hire for the monthly Community Cafe run by SACC and weekly Community Craft Club run by Kitten von Mew and, in previous years, we made a large contribution towards the restoration of the War Memorial and bought a Defibrillator which is held at the Sports Club. Prior to 2017, we have funded and contributed to projects for the RagTag Toddlers playgroup (new mats and equipment), Snitterfield Primary School (Forest School improvement), Snitterfield Nursery (new boiler), The Village Hall (new flagpole), The Thursday Club, the Sports Club Fireworks Display and Snitterfield Actioning Climate Change.
If you live in Snitterfield or its surrounding area and have a local project that needs funding, or have an idea that would benefit the village, and would like the Fete Committee to allocate funds from this year’s event, please let us know by 31st October 2019.