Crier's bell rings out the final toll for village fete
IT WAS the end of an era when Rudge Fete was held for the last time in the garden at the Old Manor.
Hosted and organised by Caroline Pakenham, this year's event raised £8,000.
The fete began 31 years ago, organised by Mrs Pakenham with the help of her family and friends. Her children have grown into adults since it all began and thousands of pounds have been raised for the Wessex Therapy Centre and the Bath Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The event was opened by Warminster town crier Phil Seddon ringing his bell and there were more than 40 stalls selling a range of items from hats to garden plants, a tombola, raffle and Aunt Sally where there were queues of people wanting to throw a ball and break china galore for multiple sclerosis.
People can still give donations online at www.justgiving. com/rudgefete.
Mrs Pakenham said: "It is sad, as everyone has said, that this will be the last Rudge fete, but 31 years and growing from £500 to £8,000 profit is a good innings and perhaps someone else will pick up the baton.
"Thank you to all who supported us both in helping and attending over the years – I couldn't have done it without you."