Red, white and blue will be much in evidence as the Ben Rhydding Community Fete will be marking the Queen’s 90th birthday in June; her official birthday month. The Fete will once again be held on the Valley Drive field, off Wheatley Lane, on Saturday June 18th from 2 – 4pm. Entry is free.
This year the Fete will include the culmination of the first Ben Rhydding Scarecrow Festi-val which will run from 30th May to 18th June. A scarecrow trail will be created round Ben Rhydding village with riddles to solve along the way. The riddles will spell a mystery word with prizes to be won every day. £1 trail sheets will be on sale from the Wheatley Arms, with all proceeds going to the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford.
All the scarecrows will be transported to the Fete on the 18th June and will be on show in the Scarecrow Garden. The winners of the best scarecrow categories will be announced, and the Fete will also include a children’s scarecrow fancy dress competition.
“This year is the Fete’s tenth anniversary” says Fete committee chair Mrs Karen Palframan, “and the free community event has grown and grown. We are delighted that the Fete will also feature the scarecrows”. As always, the Fete will have all the usual attractions including stalls, games, croquet competitions, golf challenges, a raffle and a bouncy castle, a full arena entertainment programme of singing and dancing, as well as tea and beer tents, a barbecue and plenty of ice cream. Something for everyone in fact.
Local community groups, sports clubs, schools, churches and charities take part and the Fete is kindly sponsored by local businesses Audley Clevedon and The Wheatley Arms.
“We’ve at last been able to settle on a fixed date for the Fete”, added Karen, “which is the third Saturday in June. We hope this will enable more people to lend a hand, as we are in need of more helpers on the day and also more committee members. The Fete is organised by the community, for the community, and we’re looking for more people to help with the wide variety of tasks involved”.