Memory is honoured by fete's success
MORE than 100 people turned out for a Dorset village fete on Saturday planned in memory of a beloved helper.
Oborne's annual fete this year took place in honour of villager Christine Fraser who died shortly after last year's event.
She regularly helped out in previous fetes and her widower, Michael, is treasurer for the committee.
Fete organiser Karen Perryman said planning the event this year was "emotional" but she was pleased it was such a success.
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She said: "Last year Christine had been very unwell but she had managed to attend the event and even won a bottle on one of the stalls.
"This year's event was one to be proud of.
"We had such a fantastic day. It was lovely, we had amazing weather. We were really lucky."
She said the playing field venue was packed with visitors trying their hand at games. She said: "I really want to thank all the villagers, friends and anyone else who attended the event."
People pitted their wits against Karenza Mathews, former English National Table Tennis Championships women's singles and doubles winner, of Henstridge, who took on opponents in the village hall.
Others tried their luck on the tombola, raffle and a human fruit machine, run by Oborne family trio Harri, Rosie and Andy Stynes.
Stalls sold home-made produce which included decorated cup cakes and refreshments. Later in the afternoon, show-goers gathered for a popular duck race.
Mrs Perryman said one part of the show that never fails to please was Oborne's infamous "Granny's Attic" jumble sale and this year's was no exception.
She said: "It really is a huge draw. We have queues for it with everyone searching for a bargain.
"So many people turn out to find a gem in this jumble sale."
Mrs Perryman said around £1,100 was raised by the event, which will be divided between local causes.
She said: "We'll donate 40 per cent to the village hall, 40 per cent to St Cuthbert's Church and 20 per cent for the playing field."
The fete also marked the end of an era for a familiar face for villagers.
Reverend Henry Pearson, of Trent, who serves the Queen Thorne parish, Poyntington and Oborne, opened the fete on his last day before retiring.
Mrs Perryman said: "Traditionally he would always open our fete.
"He had been doing the rounds that day, as he also visited Trent's fete for the last time.
"So it was lovely that he could attend and I think it was a great send off for him.
"He will be sorely missed."
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