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Pratts Bottom Newsletter March 2018
Previous editions of the newsltter are available here.
Under our new editor Laura Dimbleby, the excellent village newletter has been restarted. You may even have a copy in your letterbox! If not, you can read it and previous editions online here.
Beautiful gardens to explore, Art exhibition, Plant sale, Village flowerpot sculptures
Cream teas/barbeque/refreshments, Children’s play area & bouncy castle
Live piano jazz, Grand prize draw
Tickets: £6 in advance, £8 on the day, Free entry for under 16’s (must be accompanied by an adult), available locally from: Hancocks village shop, the Cock Inn, the Rose & Crown, the Village Ironing Shop, Halstead Community Primary School, the Three Horseshoes, Knockholt. Also available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and join the fun at our traditional village fete. The day starts at 11.30 with a procession from Broke Farm Recreation Ground to the Village Green, where the May Queen will be crowned. Then all the traditional fun things to watch or do like Punch and Judy, Orpington Gymnasts, Country Dancing, Fun Dog Show, Tug of War and Grand Raffle. The best dressed house in the village will get an award!
PLEASE NOTE: As the police won’t allow one-way traffic, Rushmore Hill residents are asked to keep their cars off the road from 6 am to 4 pm on Fete Day.
Brenda Johnson writes, “You may already know that the May Fete is on 20th May 2017. The contacts are Lesley Jones who is the Chair of the Fete Committee, lesleynigel(at)yahoo.co.uk, and for stall information Brenda Johnson, lancejohnson100(at)hotmail.com. The Fete is the usual format, starting at 12.00 on the Green.”
Also, Brenda reminds us that All Souls is holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 11th March in PB Village Hall from 9.30 – 11.00. Entrance fee 50p. All welcome!
The fete will start at 11.30 with a procession from the Broke Farm Recreation Ground with the May Queen and others in fancy dress.
The traditional village fete will feature a May Queen, tug-of war, horsey hopper derby, pot of gold, lob the loo roll, fun dog show and much else. The Model Railway Society will have an exhibition in the village hall and a full steam loco on the green.
Please note that Rushmore Hill will be closed to traffic for about 30 minutes from 11.30 am. Then there will be normal two-way traffic but please observe the temporary NO PARKING signs. If the weather is fair (no rain for previous 48 hours) you can park at the Broke Farm Recreation Ground.
If you want to lend a hand, please turn up to the village green at 8 am. For any further information please contact Lesley Jones on 01689 854204 or lesleynigel (at) yahoo.co.uk
Pratts Bottom traditional village fete is held in May and features a parade, including the new May Queen, her followers and May Queens from other districts. This year there are 36 stalls on the green, some selling crafts, some games, tombolas, etc. and 8 stalls in the village hall. Also featured are: a bouncy castle, charity organ, Punch and Judy shows, Crazee Hazy on his stilts, a steam train running on the green, Thomas Tank engine in the hall and a new game with fantastic prizes – Pot of Gold.
The fete will start with a fancy dress procession at 11.30 from the Broke Farm Drive Recreation Ground. The fete will be opened by the new May Queen, Zoe McDonald, after she has been crowned by last year’s May Queen, Maddy Freestone. If you want to help please just turn up from 8.00 at the village green.
Note Rushmore Hill will be closed to traffic from 11.30 for about 30 minutes for the procession. There will then be normal 2-way traffic through the village but you are asked not to park between Hookwood Road and the A21 roundabout.
The fete committee is chaired by Lesley Jones, phone 01689 854204 or email lesleynigel (at) yahoo.co.uk.
Put this date in your diary now. Note that the date given in the Village Newsletter is wrong. It is definitely Saturday 17 May. Our traditional village fete will feature:
- Prize Raffle & Programme
- Fun Dog Show
- May Queen and Court
- Fancy Dress
- Loads of Games
- Hot food
- Punch & Judy
- over 30 stalls and lots, lots more…
A chance to get out your bunting again and win a prize for the Best Dressed House in the Village! With a little imagination, you can create a wonderful scarecrow for the competition: just bring it along to the URC before 11 on the morning of the 11th or display it in your front garden, letting us know that it is there so that it can be included in the judging.
There will be prizes for children who dress up as characters from children’s story books and join the May Queen Procession which begins at 11 in Broke Farm Drive Recreation ground. Once the May Queen opens the fete at 12 noon the fun will begin.
The “Fun Dog Show” will be judging the dog which looks most like its owner, the one with the waggiest tail and best entertainer, so bring along your “best friend” and enter it for one or all of the “classes”. The popular Horsey Hopper Races are being run again. Competition is fierce, so get in some practice. As well as the entertainment there will be many exciting games to play, great prizes to win and lots of stalls to browse, with interesting things to buy. The Railway Society are running a splendid steam train on a 50 foot track across the Green and in the Village Hall, together with other stalls and super refreshments, children will have a chance to drive Thomas the Tank Engine!
If you buy a Lucky Programme you will know what is happening and when it is going to happen and you could also win £50. An exciting end to the day is the raffle draw – don’t forget to buy your tickets as there are some great prizes to be won!
Lesley Jones – Chair of the Fete Committee