With no charge for admission and a free programme, this year’s Ben Rhydding Community Fete will be held on the Valley Drive field, off Wheatley Lane, on Saturday June 17th from 2 – 4pm.
With all the usual attractions, including stalls, games, displays, croquet, bowls, a raffle and a bouncy castle, plus a two hour arena entertainment programme of live music, singing, dancing and gymnastics, as well as tea and beer tents, a barbecue and plenty of ice cream, there should be something for everyone.
The first fete was held in 2006, and over the years has proved itself an ever popular event on the social calendar, with many local community groups, schools, sports clubs, churches and charities taking part. “So this will be the Fete’s twelfth year” says Fete committee chair Mrs Karen Palframan, “and, as ever, we are grateful for key support from local businesses Audley Clevedon and The Wheatley Arms.”
This year’s event will include the culmination of the second Ben Rhydding Scarecrow Festival, which runs from Monday 29th May until 17th June in aid of the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford. All the ‘Guess the Film’ themed scarecrows will be on show at the Fete in the ‘Scarecrow Garden’ where the winners of the best categories will be announced. £1 trail sheets will be available from the Wheatley Arms where the trail starts, and there are daily prizes to be won. The Fete will also have an all-age Scarecrow fancy dress competition, with judging at approx. 2.30pm. The competition is free to enter and there will be prizes for the best fancy dress scarecrows.
“It looks like another bumper Fete ahead,” says Karen, “and we are particularly looking forward to the Ilkley Gymnastics Club performance in the arena. The club attended for the first time last year and their gymnastics display was amazing”. She added “The Fete is organised by the community, for the community; it takes some doing and we are in need of more volunteers on the day to help with the wide variety of tasks involved.”