Hinton fete fights back to be big success after sabotage attempt

Evesham Journal: Fladbury First School maypole dancers at the Hinton-on-the-Green village fete. Fladbury First School maypole dancers at the Hinton-on-the-Green village fete.

WORRIED villagers who feared their fete had been sabotaged celebrated this weekend as the event turned into a huge success.

The group of fundraisers who organised Hinton-on-the-Green village fete were left heartbroken last week when eight handmade advertising signs went missing days before the event.

But they refused to be beaten and thanks to their fighting spirit and an article promoting the event in the Journal they raised £1,620 for their village church.

Clare Davies, who contacted the Journal last week after the fete signs went missing, said the removal of the adverts may have even helped in the end.

"To the people who took the signs I would say, if your reasons for removing our signs was to sabotage our event, it didn't work," she said. "You may even have done us a favour as I am sure the article in the Journal boosted our turnout and contributed to our huge success."

The original target for the fundraiser, which donates its proceeds to St Peter's Church, was more than £1,000, but this was smashed by the total raised thanks to local support.

Mrs Davies said: "The bottle tombola was a huge success and alone raised over £300. This was all donated from villagers and also Mr and Mrs Frost who were married in the Church on Friday, July 4.

"Instead of asking for wedding presents they asked for their guests to donate a bottle to the bottle tombola, we collected over 60 bottles from them.

"The fete was a great success and we were so overwhelmed with the turnout. I am sure the article and weather helped immensely.

"The feedback was great from visitors, saying how much fun they had and how relaxed and enjoyable it was. One negative comment was that the slices of cake we were selling on our refreshments stall were too big, I can live with that.

"Now people have enjoyed this years fete I can only hope they will return to all our future fetes."

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8:53pm Thu 10 Jul 14

aysum1 says...

Meant to post last week but have been busy, I saw the signs being removed when driving back from cheltenham the culprits were wearing high viz tops and were in a white pickup with wire mesh sides and a high tail gate with Highways Incident support or something very close written on it. One of them was carrying a sign back to the van parked facing into the turning. It was either county highways or highways agency so not a person trying to spoil the event.
Meant to post last week but have been busy, I saw the signs being removed when driving back from cheltenham the culprits were wearing high viz tops and were in a white pickup with wire mesh sides and a high tail gate with Highways Incident support or something very close written on it. One of them was carrying a sign back to the van parked facing into the turning. It was either county highways or highways agency so not a person trying to spoil the event. aysum1
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11:39am Mon 14 Jul 14

clare7875 says...

aysum1 wrote:
Meant to post last week but have been busy, I saw the signs being removed when driving back from cheltenham the culprits were wearing high viz tops and were in a white pickup with wire mesh sides and a high tail gate with Highways Incident support or something very close written on it. One of them was carrying a sign back to the van parked facing into the turning. It was either county highways or highways agency so not a person trying to spoil the event.
That's good to know, thank you.
Worcestershire County Council highways assured me it wasn't them. Cannot understand why they removed the signs and not the posts.
I will contact them to find out why these were removed again as they were placed following rules and regulations.
Thank you for this information.
[quote][p][bold]aysum1[/bold] wrote: Meant to post last week but have been busy, I saw the signs being removed when driving back from cheltenham the culprits were wearing high viz tops and were in a white pickup with wire mesh sides and a high tail gate with Highways Incident support or something very close written on it. One of them was carrying a sign back to the van parked facing into the turning. It was either county highways or highways agency so not a person trying to spoil the event.[/p][/quote]That's good to know, thank you. Worcestershire County Council highways assured me it wasn't them. Cannot understand why they removed the signs and not the posts. I will contact them to find out why these were removed again as they were placed following rules and regulations. Thank you for this information. clare7875
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