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Ashwell Village Fete 2017

Posted on 4th August 2017 in .  So far there are No comments

On alternate years the village of Ashwell in Rutland organises a village fete, organised by a small committee and hosted by Nicholas and Emma Leeming, at their lovely house, Ashwell Grange.

As in previous years the Ashwell Village Fete raised money for several local causes, including the local air ambulance, one of my favourite charities.

Emma got in touch and asked if I would be able to come and photograph the fete for local magazine Rutland Pride. I was very happy to do so!

It was very encouraging to see so many cars in the Leemings' field when I arrived and by the end of the afternoon it was confirmed that over 700 adults had paid for admission (children were free).

After buying some raffle tickets I browsed the various stands on the way up to the house. The book and DVD stall was very popular all afternoon, as were the Pimms and Burger stands opposite. Classic car enthusiasts had lined up a wonderful range of vehicles in front of the house and were only took keen to share their vast knowledge with interested visitors.

We had a moment of contemplation as Cottesmore Huntsman Andrew Osborne MFH reminded us that the day of the fete was the anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, during which the village of Ashwell had lost a large number of young men. He used a hunting horn which was carried by an officer during the battle to officially open the fete, as children and adults made a fuss of a quartet of his hounds.

The band played, the Morris Men danced, the dog show judges judged and hundreds of visitors enjoyed teas, ice cream, punch and judy shows, children's games and pony carriage rides. A wonderful day and I hope a lot of money was raised!

Champion and Reserve from the Dog Show
Champion and Reserve from the Dog Show
Mrs Julia Dungworth
Mrs Julia Dungworth
Andrew Osborne MFH
Andrew Osborne MFH
Pony and carriage rides were available in the field
Pony and carriage rides were available in the field
An interested spectator
An interested spectator
Amelia Leeming and Hermione Brooksbank sold ice creams
Amelia Leeming and Hermione Brooksbank sold ice creams
Jonny Mitchell from Win or Lose clothing
Jonny Mitchell from Win or Lose clothing
Burger for sale
Burger for sale
The organising committee
The organising committee
Sallyanne Brooksbank, Sasha de Gale, Victoria Welton
Sallyanne Brooksbank, Sasha de Gale, Victoria Welton
The band played
The band played
Cottesmore Hunt Whipper-In Hartley Crouch with some hounds
Cottesmore Hunt Whipper-In Hartley Crouch with some hounds
The dog show was well supported
The dog show was well supported
Nicholas Leeming welcomed the village to his home
Nicholas Leeming welcomed the village to his home
Punch and Judy
Punch and Judy
The book and DVD stall was very popular
The book and DVD stall was very popular
The Brook Shanahan Family
The Brook-Shanahan family
Rutland Morris Dancers
Rutland Morris Dancers
Classic cars parked on the AShwell Grange drive
Classic cars parked on the Ashwell Grange drive
Cream teas on the lawn at Ashwell Grange
Cream teas on the lawn
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I am an equine photographer, website designer and hosting provider living in Lincolnshire.

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