To cap a wonderful hot summer, the village turned out in force to enjoy another village fete, thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of Michael Beavis, Catherine Powell and their amazing team of helpers. 633 adults came to the fete this year, 6% up on last year, and considering that the weather was not what we had been hoping for, that was a great result. The takings for the day were 4% up on last year, with particularly strong performances from the tea tent and the book stall. The view from the tower was, as ever, one of great activity and fun. And we even got a couple of cups of tea this time, so all was well and jolly.

We now turn our minds to Autumn, and first up on the radar is the annual Ride and Stride razzmataz. Last year, you may remember, we rode for 45 miles or so and visited 23 churches, raising money for the Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust.

Brighstone

This year, Rhod Powell, Ben Collins and I will be back on our bikes on Saturday 8th September, aiming to visit another set of churches across the Island, hopefully not getting as wet as we did last year. We have set up a fundraising page, and it would be great if you could support us. The page is here: Ride and Stride

Then, on 22nd September there will be a talk in the church by the local historian John Medland, with FREE wine and nibbles. The door will be open at 6pm for refreshments, and the talk will be over by around 7.30. All donations will be going to the Shalfleet Fabric Trust Windows Appeal.

Many thanks in advance,

Nick