Shamley Green Village Fete & Dog Show
Statement from Tim Harlow, Chairman of the Shamley Green Village Fete Committee:
Our Village Fete and Fun Dog Show was a wonderful and surprising
success, with the highest turnout and highest revenue for several years.
Thank you to everyone who attended and to all those who supported the
With the extension of 'Freedom Day' beyond Saturday 10 July 2021, we
were challenged to ensure Covid-safe operations and secure Waverley BC's
approval to proceed. With additional procedures in place for all stalls and
volunteers, our village community turned out in force and enjoyed a lovely
afternoon (despite the grey skies). The mood was upbeat after so much time
locked down, with hardly a mask in sight, and everyone being delighted to
see their friends and neighbours (and their dogs!). The George Abbot Big
Band added to the lively tempo throughout the afternoon.
Notwithstanding some extra Covid-safe costs, the Fete generated a record
sum for our chosen charities of £2,500. The beneficiaries this year are:
● Wonersh & Shamley Green School
● Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care
● The Arbuthnot Hall
● Disability Challengers
● Shamley Green Parish Council
● HVP Nepal
● Shamley Green Village Care
● Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance
● Toilet Twinning (Africa)
Several of our stallholders provide generous donations to the Fete charity
fund, whilst others, including the SG Gardening Club (plants, donated by
their members); SG Village Association (Splat the Rat); Christ Church and
Pink & Prosecco contribute all profits to the fund. In addition to the direct
beneficiaries from the Fete, some stallholders raise money for their own
chosen charities, including The Cream Teas (Shooting Star Chase),
Godalming Cat Sanctuary & PAWS, increasing the overall contribution of the
Fete to charity.
Another notable contribution comes from the generosity of local businesses
who donate wonderful prizes for the Raffle. This year's Raffle attracted over
£1,000 in ticket sales (more than twice 2019) and we had lots of happy prize
Many thanks to everyone.
Fete Committee: Tim Harlow, Penny Hodgson, Lyn Barber, B Harlow,
David Beadman, Jocelyn Monk, Christina Collins, Gay Skinner
Some photo highlights of the day below:-
"Eagerly awaiting the next Punch & Judy Show”
“Oops, there goes another coconut…!”
“Promoting Brighter Days on a rather grey (but happy) afternoon”
“Who did you say is the prettiest?” or “Well done everyone for being Covid-safe and keeping your distance"
Village Fete 2022 date for your diary: Saturday 11 June 2022
Arguably the highlight of the summer calendar in Shamley Green is the Fete & Fun Dog Show! Running for many decades, the Fete attracts people from near and far – with many bringing their dogs!
All profits go to charity: we support local charities such as Christ Church; Arbuthnot Hall; Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance; Wonersh & Shamley Green Primary School; plus two overseas children’s charities where residents have strong affiliations: one in Nepal and one in India.
The Fete offers something for everyone. There are many varied activities for children including a Punch & Judy Show, the Explorer Scouts pillow fight pole, rostacle course, lucky dip and the sweet tombola. There are many exciting creative stalls - pottery, jewellery, up cycled vintage furniture, plus plant stalls. Music this year will be provided by local school bands. With over 40 stalls, the Fete promises a great day out for all!
There will be a variety of food and drink options including a BBQ; pizza; cream teas; a beer & Pimms tent; chilled wines, as well as popcorn, candy floss and slushies.
The Fun Dog Show typically attracts 250 entries and celebrates the ‘Handsomest Dog’; the ‘Prettiest Bitch’; as well as classes for pups; veterans;cue dogs plus other fun categories. The Dog Show culminates in the Best in Show – recognising the best of this year’s winners.
The Shamley Green Fun Dog Show – Classes
For further information contact the Fete Chairman, Tim Harlow on firstname.lastname@example.org