Fete: smashed it!
Spank play it again!
Fete a roaring success
Jamie's a tall order
About Gussage Village Fete
THE Gussage All Saints country fete is widely acknowledged as the best of its type in the area.
Held annually during July in the picturesque grounds of Gussage House it is the principal and vital village fund-raiser with all proceeds divided between the church and the village hall.
As well as fun and games the fete has a variety of stalls selling locally-made produce such as cakes, bread, jams, cordial, sweets and goodies while many come looking for bargains among the bric-a-brac or Bling stands.
One big plus of the afternoon is the entertainment which always goes with a swing thanks either to the colourful dancers and musicians of Spank The Planks or, in the past two years, The Stour Valley Stompers trad jazz band. For the youngsters, children's entertainer Jamie Jigsaw - stilts and all - has proved a big draw. If that is not enough to whet the appetite the cream teas in the village hall nearby are legend with scones and cakes home made by the Delias of All Saints.
The fete raises on average £3,000 every summer and has paid for the hall's new PVC windows and the rebuilt and redesigned front wall and seating area in recent years. Villagers organise and run the afternoon which in 2013 will be staged on Saturday, July 13, starting at 1.30 with the kind permission of Brian and Jenny Stannah who live at Gussage House.
* As there are many requests from people outside the village to have a stall for their own commercial enterprise it must be stressed it is a fete condition that all proceeds must be donated to the village causes.
* Dogs are not allowed on the fete grounds.