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?
The 2019 Coln St Aldwyns Children’s Fete & Produce Show, sponsored by Cotswold Airport, is confirmed for Saturday 31 August in The Mill House gardens, beginning with a BBQ lunch at 12.30pm, but there’s lots to do if we’re to have another successful year fund-raising for local children’s charities and activities – so, please help us. We’re looking for tombola prizes; donations for the silent auction (last year’s included everything from a microlight flight, a stay at a holiday cottage, and someone promising two mornings of ironing!); and along with your books we want your fashionable cast-offs, for our popular Fashion Stall for men and women. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 01285 750 675 and we’ll be happy to pop round and collect anything. And, most of all, we need helping hands, both beforehand and on the day – again, email us or phone if you’re happy to volunteer.
The Coln St Aldwyns Children’s Fete & CHEQS Produce Show is now confirmed for Saturday 31 Augustand once again, by kind permission of Earl St Aldwyn, it will be held in the beautiful grounds of The Mill House, beginning with a BBQ lunch at 12.30pm and running through the afternoon with lots of children’s games and entertainment, live music from Josie & The Outlaws, stalls, afternoon teas, and a Pimm’s bar. The children’s activities are FREE as our twin aims are to make it a fabulous fun day out for children and their families and to raise lots of money for local children’s charities. Last year’s fete made a record profit of more than £8,000 which we’ve spent on everything from Chrome Books for Hatherop Primary to new programmes at Quenington Brownies. A full list of the many local organisations we have supported – and how to apply for a grant – is on our websitewww.colnfunday.com. That’s the place, too, tostay up to date with fete news. If you want to help on the day or if you’ve got books, gifts or nearly new clothes for our stalls then please and email us at email@example.com.