Crewkerne Hospital Fete raised over £1,000 on a very hot afternoon, with attendance figures down on previous years, due to the searing temperatures. The annual fete held at the hospital grounds in Middle Path is organised by the League of Friends of Crewkerne Hospital. It was officially opened at 2 pm by League of Friends chairman Ron Bond. A variety of stalls, selling bric-a-brac, toys, plants, cards, books and home-made bakes and conserves, were manned by volunteers from local and area charities.

A wonderful display of colourful earthenware creations by potter Chris Wright from Martock was on view and there were plenty of fun stalls to try your luck on, with Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Crewkerne tempting visitors to the tombola stall by blowing rainbow bubbles, pots of which were available as prizes. Live entertainment was provided by musical duo Tony Mortimer and Phil Cassidy of Chiff-Chaff, who played a medley of well known songs. At the other end of the fete, Brian Cornelius took visitors back in time, with tunes played on his street organ.

The grand draw with 40 prizes, donated by 26 local businesses did a brisk trade. The winner of the 1st prize of £50 was Betty Spanswick. The treasure hunt was won by Veronica Chard and the guess the weight of the cake, donated by Bilby’s, was won by Peter Christopher who correctly guessed 3lbs 13 ozs. A ride in either the Ariel Atom or Nomad with a tour around the company’s factory on the outskirts of the town, was won by Tony Smith.

Chairman of the League of Friends Ron Bond said: “We are grateful to Central Stores for providing the first prize in our draw, to Pattemores for paying for the ticket printing costs and to all the businesses who donated prizes. Our star ticket seller once again was Mrs Thacker, who sold 200 tickets. We raised about £1,200. It’s a little down on the previous year but it was so hot on Saturday, that people particularly the children were lethargic and it didn’t help that the ice-cream man let us down at the last minute.

“It was quite a good amount considering we also had six other charities there raising funds, the British Legion, Crewkerne Action for the Disabled, Henhayes Centre, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, Somerset Sight and Yeovil Freewheelers. We haven’t heard yet how well they did but one lady said that she hoped we would invite them back again next year. Thanks to everyone who helped on the day, particularly the members of the Baptist Church who organised the refreshments, the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club and Crewkerne Rotary Club members, without whom we would have been lost. We would also like to mention the hospital porter Manuel, who was fantastic and finally thanks to everyone who attended and gave us their support on what was a very hot day.”

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