Curtain to fall on charity fete after 30 years
THE final Rudge Fete organised by villager Caroline Pakenham will be held this Saturday in the grounds of her home.
For more than 30 years the bi-annual event has been held in The Old Manor garden and over the years has raised thousands of pounds for Multiple Sclerosis and the Wessex Therapy Centre in Warminster.
The fete takes nine months to organise and attracts hundreds of people.
This year's activities will include pets' corner with a tarantula, python, alpacas and Shetland ponies.
There will be cream teas, model racing cars and games for children.
Ladies dressed in Tudor costume will be working at their embroidery and there will be a variety of stalls, selling fresh produce and this year a hat stall alongside necklaces and local pottery.
There will also be a raffle offering prizes such as a cookery day course at Luckham Park Hotel, Colerne, a family ticket to Longleat Safari Park and two tickets to Highgrove, Tetbury.
In the first year of the event Mrs Pakenham, her family and friends raised £700. In 2011 the fete made a profit of more than £7,000.
The day begins at 2pm.