Village News – July 2013

Kingston Fete

It is now only a few weeks away to the Fete on 17 August. Items are still required for all of the stalls. Please contact the stallholders, if you have any items for the Fete. Cakes will also be appreciated for the cake stall.


Books: Honor Vass; Bottles: Angela Lardener; Bric-a-Brac: via Diane Cole; Cakes: Mary Haysom;

Raffle: Simon Philips; Tombola: Sue Ireland; Toys: Fiona Wake-Walker; Good quality clothes: Sue Ireland

Dog Show

Remember to bring your dog to the Fête this year and join in our fun dog show. There are classes for puppies, prettiest, handsomest and rescued dogs. Fun classes and a best child handler class with rosettes for all winners.

Anyone willing to help or if you have any bric-a-brac to store, please contact Peter.

Terry Hardy


News from Kingston

Firstly, I would like to thank Belinda and Peter Bell for so kindly hosting the afternoon at Scoles Manor which raised in excess of £450. We were very fortunate with the weather at the end of May, hopefully it will settle again soon (as I write it feels more like a gloomy Autumn day).

Sadly Kingston has lost some well-loved characters recently: All passed away relatively close together during the end of May and early June. Four special men, all closely associated to the farming world on the Encombe Estate and around the Kingston area, who during their earlier life would have worked hard, within a few miles of each other. Firstly, we lost John Cole, so sadly missed by his family, then Gerald Batten, who contributed so much to the village and Estate, and within a few days, his former colleague Gordon Gibbs, for many years Farm Manager at Encombe also died. Recently, we were sorry to hear of Fred Hunt’s death. He also had worked for many years on Afflington Farm and used to live at the Lookout, so would have known Gerald, Gordon and John through their work. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all their families.

As the summer is quickly passing we are now counting the weeks until this year’s Fête. Please, please let Peter Buckle know if you can help in any way at all in the days leading up to the big day (Saturday 17 August), whether putting up signs, gazebos, helping to serve teas, run stalls, parking, plants, face painting, cakes, providing raffle prizes, whatever. If you have any local family members why not encourage them to use their skills too. Also, tell all your friends and families from further away to come along and enjoy a lovely traditional village fête. This is our main fundraiser so let’s make it a lot of fun for everyone – new ideas always welcome… Start spreading the word.

In case you get this early – let’s just mention the concert due 6pm on Sunday, 30 June which will be taking place at St James’ Church – This is a special day also for Glen Bower!

The main forthcoming events to note are both to be held in the evening – Saturday, 27 July we welcome the Occasional Singers at Kingston Church giving their concert at 7.30pm. The following week on Saturday, 3 August at 7.30pm we look forward to Tim Rose and friends who will be giving a lovely rendition with handbells and other musical interludes – Come early for a summer evening complete with Pimms! Our thanks in advance to those organising events as all contributions go towards helping with Church upkeep. Without all these vital efforts it would be almost impossible to keep the church in such good order. There are plenty of positive comments in the visitors’ book from tourists about our lovely building… and village, so let’s hope we can keep this going.

To finish on a happy note, I wish Holly Hupfield and Ian Sizer a really amazing day as they celebrate their wedding on 20 July – followed by a long and happy marriage. What a lovely couple!

Judy Forgan, PCC St James Kingston

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