Sadly, for a second year running, it didn’t seem appropriate in these difficult times to hold the famous Coln St Aldwyns Children’s Fete, but instead we’ve come up with a two-in-one village event that we hope will both raise tons of money for local children’s charities and herald in some happier times. On Bank Holiday Saturday (28 August) the Fete team will be hosting The Breakout Party for the five villages in the gardens of Coln Community Stores. It’ll start at 6.30pm and promises to be a super family event with food, a bar, and dancing to the music of all-time Fete favourites, the Ukey D’Ukes. It’s a free-entry event but we’ll expect you to buy some raffle tickets and together with the profits from the food and drink stalls it should mean we’ll once again raise a lot of money for local children’s good causes. Your generosity at the 2019 Fete, which was sponsored by Cotswold Airport, meant we were able to provide £9,225 in funding for 11 local projects.
And that’s not all – at some point during the party we’ll cheer home Coln resident Dave Farnhill, who’ll be running three marathons, one after the other, in 24 hours or less! That’s nearly 80 miles and we’re calling it The 3M Challenge. He’ll be setting off from Coln Stores on Friday evening and plans to complete the Challenge by running just over 17 laps non-stop around Coln and Hatherop.
Each lap is just under five miles long. He’ll be running on behalf of four of our favourite local children’s charities Noah’s Ark, James Hopkins Trust, Paternoster School and Scrubditch Farm. The link to his JustGiving page is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/coln3m.
We’ll be updating you over the summer about both events, but in the meantime just save the date for what promises to be an amazing Bank Holiday. And isn’t it just what we need?