Article and images by Jonathan White
This year’s Wistaston Village Fete took place on the afternoon of Saturday 16th June 2018.
This annual event is organised by Wistaston Community Council and took place at Wistaston Church Lane Academy on Church Lane.
The event began with a procession from Wistaston Memorial Hall led by Scottish piper Reg Flower, followed by Wistaston Scouts’ Beavers, Cubs and Scouts carrying the Union Flag, and St Mary’s Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.
The procession also included the retiring Wistaston Rose Queen (Jessica Doano) and retiring Attendant (Elise Kennerley) in a vintage car and this year’s Wistaston Rose Queen (Poppy Bellingham) and Attendant (Lyla Manfredi) in a Bentley convertible.
Once the procession had arrived within the arena, the retiring Rose Queen (Jessica Doano) thanked Wistonians for their support and announced that the sum of £1,500 had been raised for WaterAid during her year of office.
The money will go towards providing clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene in poor communities around the world.
St Mary’s Wistaston rector Mike Turnbull then passed the crown from Jessica to this year’s Rose Queen Poppy Bellingham, aged 13 from Willaston and a pupil at Malbank High School.
Poppy stated that her chosen charity is Save the Children. This year’s Wistonian of the year, Ray Westwood, then officially opened the fete.
The fete’s theme this year was suffragettes as this year is the 100th anniversary since Parliament passed a law which allowed some women the right to vote for the first time.
Ken Sambrook was the master of ceremonies and introduced each event in the arena.
Several children took part in a fancy dress competition which was judged by the mayor of Cheshire East, Cllr Lesley Smetham and her consort David Smetham.
Entries included a suffragette, a Queen of Hearts, a Votes for Women campaigner, and a unicorn. The competition was won by Perdita Jones with her suffragette costume.
The arena later hosted performances by Dope Male Performance Company, Dee-Sign British Sign Language Choir, and Alison Gallacher School of Dance.
The wind was too gusty for a flying demonstration by Eskdale Hawks Falconry so they gave an informative talk about falconry instead.
In the school hall there was entertainment from Wistaston Church Lane Academy choir and Laura Cunliffe who sang and played the guitar.
On the front playground there was a Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service appliance.
The Laurie Twiss Award for journalism was won this year by Maria Price.
This prize is open to all young people in Wistaston aged under 16 years old, who are asked to submit a short story or article of no more than 200 words. The submission date for next year’s competition is 31st May 2019.
There were thirty-three stalls representing local organisations and charities. Refreshments were available in the school hall and outside courtesy of Wistaston Scouts.
The event took place in mainly dry weather and was enjoyed by several hundred people.
Dane Chaplow (chairman of Wistaston Community Council) said:” “The procession and the crowning ceremony were a success and there was excellent entertainment both outdoors and indoors with a splendid range of stalls. So many people attended to show their support.
“We are very grateful to the academy for allowing us to use their premises. We are also indebted to all the volunteers, stall holders, parade car drivers and local businesses who have supported the event.
“We hope that lots of money was raised for local charities and the Wistaston Community Council.”
Admission to the fete was by donation and proceeds from the gate receipts and Wistaston Community Council stalls will go towards other village events – such as the flower and produce show, spring and Christmas concerts, and the November fireworks display.
Wistaston Community Council always welcomes new members to help organise locally-based events.
Please visit www.wistastoncommunity.co.uk for further information.