Crewkerne Hospital Fete was well supported by local groups and organisations, despite the general footfall being lower than previous years due to the recent heatwave and the World Cup quarter finals between England and Sweden. Although the total amount raised of £552 was down on previous years, all those who attended the fete had a great time, with musical entertainment by local jazz band the Dark Town Strutters and Brian Cornelius on his street organ. There was a variety of stalls selling books, plants, bric-a-brac and knitwear and offering fun competitions, games and great prizes in the grand draw and a raffle.

The first prize of £50 in the grand draw was won by Gill Frost and the ride in the Ariel Atom and factory tour by Ana Collingridge. David Bryant guessed the correct weight of the cake and Diane Bradly won the Pick A Card competition. For the fourth year running, no-one successfully guessed the date of Teddy’s Birthday. Organisers are very grateful to those who attended this year’s hospital fete, those who supported it with a stall or provided entertainment, volunteered their help on the day, helped with the refreshments and to the local businesses who donated prizes for the grand draw, raffle and other competitions.

The League of Friends of Crewkerne Hospital, who organise the annual event, would especially like to thank; Crewkerne Inner Wheel Club, Crewkerne Dementia Action Alliance, Crewkerne U3A, Henhayes Centre, the Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion, Crewkerne Action for the Disabled, Crewkerne Lions Club, Somerset Sight, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and Yeovil Freewheelers.

Ron and Teresa Bond (chair and secretary of the League of Friends) congratulated John Field and Tony Haywood of Yeovil Freewheelers on the organisation’s 40th anniversary this year. Yeovil Freewheelers was founded in 1978 by Cecil Turner, current president of Crewkerne Lions. It is the oldest operational blood bike group in the country, which offers out of hours free courier service between different hospitals and patients in their homes across south Somerset and north Dorset. All the motor-cyclists are unpaid volunteers. The registered charity will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in style on Saturday October 13th with a dinner and dance in the Tithe Barn at Haselbury Mill. Tickets are available online at

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